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by Man from Coventry
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10800

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

"Members of the "ordinary" Calais garrison in the 1450's had to attend muster with a bow and a bill" The City of Coventry in 1450 required all citizens to provide, Bows, Arrows, Body armour and Helmet and "oder stuff belonging" , presumably some form of unspecified side...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pikes at Bosworth.....
Replies: 19
Views: 5224

Re: Pikes at Bosworth.....

To stray still further from the original point of the thread. The idea of Henry Tudor being at Edgecote isn't new - Joan MacAlpine advanced it in her book "The Shadow of the Tower", 1971. However I think from memory she has Tudor rescued by Sir Richard Croft, though its along time since I ...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pikes at Bosworth.....
Replies: 19
Views: 5224

Re: Pikes at Bosworth.....

There was an excellent article on this topic by some of the Beauforts in the May 11 edition (No 87?) of Skirmish entitled “Did French Pikemen kill Richard III” ? The theory was first advanced in Michael K Jones’s book, Bosworth Psychology of a Battle and the article tested and explored these points ...
by Man from Coventry
Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sausages
Replies: 14
Views: 3787

Re: Sausages

The Byzantine Emperor - Leo V - "The Armenian" (775- 820AD) issued an edict against Sausage makers, stating that they should be "severely scourged, smooth shaved & banished from our Kingdom forever". I dont know why. One of Henry V's quotes albeit 100+ yrs later r than the 13...
by Man from Coventry
Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5385

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

Thanks Grymm, your suggestion would make alot of sense.

The final picture you've posted is the one I was originally referring to of Antoine the Grand B*****d of Burgundy, your clearly rather more adroit at posting pictures than I am.
by Man from Coventry
Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5385

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

Thanks all. One gain the impression that both marked or different coloured cock feathers were used, but this wasn't uniformly the case. The remark from Ascham seems to suggest that it was agood common-sense idea (to have a different coloured cock-feather) but that not everyone did it. Interesting to...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 26024

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Colin - Muster details and composition of Forces

The Coventry Leet Book - Has several entries detailing the contingents the city supplied. Typically 100% archers. Though the contingent for Barnet has a mixture of horse foot and guns, entries are abit vague on exact role and equipment in some cases.
by Man from Coventry
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5385

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

Thanks for the advice. I'm inclining more to going for silk bindings. I wasn't aware that Richard Head stocked Goosefeathers - last time I looked a couple months ago all he sold were Turkey feathers. The horn inserts he sells are Buffalo and the 2mm thickness is nominal I've found that they can be a...
by Man from Coventry
Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Wool garment protection
Replies: 9
Views: 3738

Re: Wool garment protection

From my personal experience anything involved with re-enactment and worn tends to stink of woodsmoke pretty quickly ! Wouldn't this have been fairly good in itself of protecting the items, but of course would assume they are worn regularly ? Most people don't seem to have had many sets of clothes an...
by Man from Coventry
Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5385

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

Thanks for the advice, which is useful, though most of it didn't directly address the question I'd asked ! Clearly there is some contemporary evidence (the Portrait mentioned above) that Cock Feathers were marked for certain (possibly luxury sets of arrows), is there any other evidence either way fo...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5385

Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

I'm in the process of attempting to make a new batch of "authentic" arrows and trying to improve on the standards that of those that I have previously made. An issue that has occurred to me is identification (or not) of the cock feather. Today we typically use a different colour to denote ...
by Man from Coventry
Thu May 10, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Medieval Reenactment near Durham
Replies: 15
Views: 7837

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

York City Levy (15th Century) draws most of their membership from between the Tyne and Tees.

You can probably find their details on the L & M website.
by Man from Coventry
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17007

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

and a bit more; Towton Head – The Towton Head (as depicted by Hector Cole – I’ve not seen any of the originals, so cannot comment on whether Hector's reconstruction is accurate) is not a conventional bodkin but is closer to a leaf shape, it also bears a resemblance to a Tudor Bodkin (also on display...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Wanted pictures of early early Tudor helmets
Replies: 38
Views: 13091

Re: Wanted pictures of early early Tudor helmets

Flodden Display (Etal Castle) - This dates back to the late 80's & early 90's and the armour was relatively early Richard Dunk, so a bit dated and not up to the standards of reproduction we see today. He used to be in the original Staffords and Bills & Bows. Not sure of his sources but most...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hello, New around here
Replies: 22
Views: 6189

Re: Hello, New around here

Beaufort Companye (Wars of the Roses) are based in the Midlands with several members in Notts (including South Normanton) and Derby's. They are actively recruiting archers and archer related skills at present. See there website and facebook page for contact details, both can be obtained with a simpl...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17007

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

I’ve joined this somewhat late (due to having to keep my nose to the grindstone with the day job). A lot of the topics discussed here have been included in a previous thread on the Forum, which is still available “lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)” and which is well worth a rea...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Is my yew bow useless?
Replies: 7
Views: 3382

Re: Is my yew bow useless?

How does the bow appear strung ? Are both nocks to the left by this amount ?

I have a 70lb bow which has a slight twist, but this corrects when strung.
by Man from Coventry
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather Gauntlets
Replies: 11
Views: 3144

Re: Leather Gauntlets

My understanding is that crude soft leather gauntlets (effectively thick gloves) and mittens existed, there was a find from London ? which is featured in one of the "Dragons" on the Company of St George website. Whether these were worn in warfare and/ory may have had a degree of padding as...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 26480

Re: Flodden kit and info please

Clive Hallam-Barker has written an article in this months skirmish asking for re-enactment groups to come forward.

His contact details are 01890 - 820901, clivehb@gmail.com
by Man from Coventry
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval military intelligence?
Replies: 12
Views: 2700

Re: Medieval military intelligence?

Louis XI, King of France (contemporary with the Wars of the Roses) was a supreme intriguer and use of spies, particularly against his principal enemy - Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. You may find the following books useful for details; Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry 1100-1500, Yuval ...
by Man from Coventry
Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Earl of Salisbury in 1460
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

Re: Earl of Salisbury in 1460

Red & Black, a griffin sejant (Standards & Livery Badges of the Wars of the Roses, Pat Mc Gill) Red & Black, badges variously as follows (Heraldic Badges of England and Wales, Michael Powell Siddons, 2009 - Vol 2.1 - Ghost - I have Vol 2 of your Xmas present on Loan from the British Libr...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid - late C15 archer, kit improvements.
Replies: 27
Views: 8014

I shoot on the field using a thin leather glove on my shooting hand, thin leather glove and padded mitten on my bowhand. My buckler hangs my sword via a small rope loop (I tried leather but it either snapped or was too stiff to do tight Knots and came undone, and having a buckler drop on your foot i...
by Man from Coventry
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

Generally I think that standard re-enactment kit maybe slightly heavier, and the average thickness slightly greater than period armours, though period armours were probably tailored to the threat better, i.e thicker in the areas that matter, thinner in the areas that don't.
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

Cleggy/Black Pear Tudor Jack plates were approx 1.6mm thick work hardened wrought iron plates. Arm & leg harness is typically ~1.5mm. Also worth bearing in mind is how much the plates overlap and whether in some areas you are getting a double thickness, also whether it would be worn in conjuncti...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

Is period armour thicker? (not much experience of actual period armour so would really appreciate input!). Modern armour is made to protect against deliberately non-deadly force, so is it lighter than period? I guess this depends on the armourer's work and whether it is a "reproduction" o...
by Man from Coventry
Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

Now Blore is over I can return to the discussion. I think Black Pear is right and that technological improvements were driven by a need to improve armour, it just wasn't as systematic and quick as in later periods such as the second world war. After all the french experimented tactically to find sol...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers
Replies: 62
Views: 9473

I do remember being shot at at the same time as shooting back, that gets you woken up in quick order. Yes nostalgia ain't what it used to be, I remember being winged by a crossbow bolt in the shoulder, shot by Graham Smith from a range of all of 12 feet, whilst sprinting up the stairs from Wingfiel...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers
Replies: 62
Views: 9473

Simon - some good points some of which have been raised in previous threads. Have a look at the "How to do Battle better" and "Combat archers" threads for example. Command of archers, ranks unit sizes (or for that matter any kind of troops in the Wars of the Roses) is unclear. No...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

"Sorry if my lack of details caused confusion". Not at all -its all useful stuff. warbow also has some interesting stuff on Wisby, with albeit crossbow bolts embedded in skulls etc, but even though it mentions that many of the corpses were buried in armiour its not clear from the text how ...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

Colin - At the danger of going even further off thread, its not clear to me whether these majority of these casualties (Blood Red Roses) were from the battle or the pursuit, my personal view is that they are from the pursuit, many of the injuries blows to the head, from front side and he rear seem t...

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