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by Ellen Gethin
Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Anne Neville: queen to Richard III.
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

Someone I know in the Ricardian Society says the Sharon Penman book is practically required reading. Needless to say, she suggests that Richard had nothing to do with the deaths of the Princes in the Tower.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Anne Neville: queen to Richard III.
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

In The Sunne in Splendour, by Sharon Penman, there's a bit where Anne Neville hides out in an inn, disguised as a servant, and Richard comes to rescue her. "That's a bit far-fetched," I thought, and then saw in the notes that it was absolutely backed up by documentary evidence.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: World War 2 era women's shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 2424

There is a shop in Leominster (used to be Annie's Antique Clothing in Hay-on-Wye) which does genuine 1940s shoes.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume sources for 7-10th Century Anglo-Saxon
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Women in Anglo-Saxon England has some good illustrations from manuscripts, but I've lent my copy out, and I can't remember the author's name. (Christina something?)
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Replies: 9
Views: 2879

I'm halfway through Labyrinth at the moment - but I nearly didn't get beyond the first chapter. I trained as an archaeologist - and the unprofessional behaviour of Alice made me want to throw the book across the room - and what were the professionals doing, leaving a volunteer unsupervised for all t...
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:49 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 11222

Absolutely - tricorn hat, cape with lots of little shoulder capes, high boots - Stand and Deliver!
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Iron Age ABC
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

I always used Hallstatt and La Tene to describe the two main phases of the Iron Age.
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Richard Greene's Robin Hood
Replies: 0
Views: 1503

Richard Greene's Robin Hood

I recently got the DVDs of the first and second series of this classic series, and I've been slightly surprised at how good it actually is. Okay, the song is cheesy (and the verse is even worse than the chorus!), and the sets are obviously three bushes in a studio half the time. The tunics are all v...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Artificial Roses for dress decoration
Replies: 8
Views: 2033

Fred Aldous in Manchester used to do that sort of thing - I don't know if they still do, though.
by Ellen Gethin
Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon kit advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Gosh, thanks for all the info!
by Ellen Gethin
Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon kit advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Bother!

Thanks, though - time to look out for some decent braid, then.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon kit advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Saxon kit advice

Help needed please - I'm making Saxon tunics for Hastings this year and I'd like to know if a fur collar would be authentic on a wool overtunic.
I just happen to have this narrow fur stole I could use. It would look good, but would it look right?
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Homespun Linen -V- Homespun Wool
Replies: 9
Views: 1658

Thanks for the information, spinit - I'd picked up from various reading that teasels were used for carding, but it does make more sense for them to be used to raise the nap. I believe they're still used for this purpose for making the green baize for snooker tables (according to Richard Mabey, anywa...
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: From sheep to garment...? Some advice, please
Replies: 9
Views: 1794

I got my carders on ebay, of all places, for around £20, and they've been brilliant. Kids love to use them, usually in pairs, and some of the fleece I take with me has been carded at least 20 times! I also have a pair of dog brushes which look exactly like miniature carders, which one child can use....
by Ellen Gethin
Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question about embroidery
Replies: 24
Views: 3948

I have a historical romance called Silk and Stone, by Dinah Dean. It's set in the Anarchy of Stephen and Matilda. It's not terribly well written, but she does seem to have done considerable research on medieval embroidery and stone masonry. In one passage she talks about the heroine drawing the patt...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed May 24, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 18000

When I was 11, back in 1972, I was on a family holiday in the Isle of Man which included a visit to the Peel Viking Festival (I kept the tickets for years). This included long ship races across the bay, and a Viking raid with the long ships coming up to the beach, and villagers milling around in pan...
by Ellen Gethin
Tue May 09, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 7845

When I was first experimenting with wimples and veils, I happened to know a nun, who was very helpful about how to do things without the veil getting in the way, and how to pin everything together. However, even she had a cautionary tale. When the order was first formed, Sisters started with a white...
by Ellen Gethin
Mon May 08, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 7845

I remember reading about the making of the film Gone With the Wind. David O Selznick, the producer, insisted that the actresses all wore authentic underwear, because it did affect the way they moved.