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by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Weight and composition of coin
Replies: 9
Views: 4340

Weight and composition of coin

A question came up recently with regard to money in the Hundred Years War / Wars of the Roses Eras (ie, having some to and for showing to the public), the question being how heavy were the coins such as pence etc and what were they made of? Not sure myself, but have some very light coins (silver met...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Padded Armour - Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 4744

Re: Padded Armour - Collars

I had heard that the idea of a padded collar was to both help distribute the weight of mail about the shoulders, and also that the padded part would help to soften the impact of a blow (ie, the mail would help protect against a sword slash but the padded part beneath would help take the impact value...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Padded Armour - Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 4744

Padded Armour - Collars

I've been curious about these items for a while, as you see them on Reenactment sites such as GDFB etc. Whilst I know there is a wealth of evidence for the actual use of padded armour such as jacks, arming jackets etc, is there evidence that such collars (ie, padded armour protecting the neck / uppe...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Winter King:the dawn of Tudor England
Replies: 1
Views: 1889

Re: Winter King:the dawn of Tudor England

Haven't read the book, but I did catch the BBC 2 prog - very informative indeed and gave a good account I thought of a man who, despite having won the battle, had yet to go on to win a war for acceptance from his subjects who knew that his actual claim to the throne was very tenuous indeed!
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag
Replies: 5
Views: 3902

Re: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag

Cheers Alan - much as I thought but always pays to ask! :)
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag
Replies: 5
Views: 3902

Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag

A while ago I made an arrow bag (which is basically a canvas tube with enough length to fold down over the top of the arrows and to form a drawstring) I attached a simple length of canvas to it to serve as a shoulder strap, but I was wondering how such a bag might be worn by an archer for use. Would...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed May 29, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 18914

Re: Medieval Eating / Utensils

Poor folks in the land as usual having to put up with what they could find / make, whilst the rich lived it up...nothing much changes does it? Can see how the Conquest would have changed it all for the higher echelons though, one minute riding high, the next becoming little more than a nobody whilst...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed May 29, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 18914

Re: Medieval Eating / Utensils

Thanks for both replies - very informative from both of you. Yes, the one you show Colin is the type I was talking about - so, there's no proof whatsoever of these type of knives etc being used, or the pouch for that matter. Like the way the Chamberlain counted the spoons, must have been watching th...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue May 28, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 18914

Medieval Eating / Utensils

I've seen a lot of what are quoted as being medieval eating utensil sets around on the net, usually consisting of a iron knife, spoon and two pronged fork, along with a pouch to keep them in. Ditto eating knives. How authentic are these for use in re-enactment, and if so, is there any evidence of su...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed May 22, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: looking for Viking - medieval groups in Scotland?
Replies: 5
Views: 3865

Re: looking for Viking - medieval groups in Scotland?

Could you be more specific as to whereabouts in Scotland or does it not matter to your friend? Some on here may know some, but might be better to narrow down the geographical area a bit! :)
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: trenchers................and the square meal story
Replies: 18
Views: 17306

Re: trenchers................and the square meal story

Not sure of the history of them, but as I work at sea I can tell you that 'fiddles' have nothing to do with plates of any kind. 'Fiddles' are in fact bars that can be placed across the top of galley stoves to secure pots and pans from moving - in this day and age they are adjustable. As for the term...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Smaller Bow Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 5243

Re: Smaller Bow Strings

'Though it be little, yet [is] not a little to be regarded' Perhaps Ascham meant that although it might be a small thing, it should not be overlooked? Agree it depends very much on the translation of the word 'little' in this case. We do know that archers would carry spare strings, perhaps not all w...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 5409

Re: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)

Henry V struck by arrow in side of face - arrow went in 6 inches and was removed, scar notwithstanding (and as most monarchs had more than a streak of vanity in them this may well have not been included in any portrait, left or right, regardless) Henry then survives and went on to beat the French at...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 5409

Re: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)

'Finally, John Bradmore, a London surgeon, was called upon. He gradually enlarged the wound with small probes, enough to allow the arrow to be drawn out. Then with a specially made pair of tongs and a small screw running through the tongs and into the socket of the arrow, he wiggled and pulled the a...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 5409

Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)

Caught up with this series (being aired on BBC4) on the BBC i Player - seemed to be a good, solid run through of the events both leading to and within the Hundred Years War. Not overly informational and 'expert heavy' in utilising one viewpoint, but rather the presenter takes the views of several hi...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 8044

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

Brian - Cheers for the info, hoping to follow your lead, sir! Just thought it would give a contrast and also an added part to what I do. Having had a quick look there do seem to be some fairly basic ones in the Knight Shop (basic, but might do for what I may want to do). Hope all goes well with your...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 8044

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

Brian - can't help much with the pavise, I'm afraid but I was wondering where you obtained your crossbow from? I'm just wondering as I'm thinking about getting one as a contrast to the longbow (to show the two differing types of archery and explain their advantages / disadvantages). Not really needi...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 6959

Re: Arming Caps - History

Sounds a good topic to pick for a research project - as with a lot in history, some is evidential, some is supposition from what we can deduce, and the rest is outright guesswork!
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 6959

Re: Arming Caps - History

Cheers for the pics and the info, Mark - some very interesting food for thought it seems! Will have a good look through it all in the next couple of days (from the weather forecast I reckon I might have plenty of time, seems we're in for a bit of snowy blanket...) :roll:
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 6959

Re: Arming Caps - History

Yep, would like to see the pics if I could Mark - all the more the merrier!
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 6959

Re: Arming Caps - History

Mark - Although I understand that the question is very wide ranging, I was at first only really looking for a general sort of period from when they might of been worn until when they weren't, but having had a look at the link Tod kindly sent I'm now even more curious!. Had a look and I was surprised...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 6959

Arming Caps - History

Been getting a couple of helmets and have also got an arming cap to go with them, but a question arose. From what time period was the Arming cap worn by soldiers, and when until? Did it just fall out of fashion at some point, or did it continue in some form or another? I was just wondering as althou...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Female Border Reivers - any evidence?
Replies: 3
Views: 2704

Re: Female Border Reivers - any evidence?

Thanks Botwot - apologies for the delay in replying but I was away and then ended up with the flu! Happy New Year to you and I'll no doubt see you about - probably at Hawick in March - lets hope the weather is forthcoming in its warmth!
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Female Border Reivers - any evidence?
Replies: 3
Views: 2704

Female Border Reivers - any evidence?

As part of my ongoing research into the Reivers and their times I'm looking into the structure of the families themselves (relationships to each other, family hierarchy etc), and from this a question has arisen. Although the 'business' of Reiving was obviously predominately a male occupation (the me...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Wolves
Replies: 2
Views: 2679

Re: Wolves

Thanks for the reply boggins, and a belated welcome to the site! From what you've said, it seems that there were an odd one or two still about, but in nowehre near the numbers they had been in the centuries before. I wonder how many a Border Chieftain sat about his fire looked up and saw an old wolf...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots problem / Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2670

Re: Boots problem / Question

Cheers Tod - might take you up on that when I get back (off again tomorrow for another stint on the sunny N.sea for a couple of weeks!), Should hopefully be back at end of the month - just in time for the new boots!! 8-)
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots problem / Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2670

Re: Boots problem / Question

Think I'll give the soakign a go and see if that helps, as long as it won't hurt the stitching. Problem for me Colin is that I'm a long way from Tod, so this wouldn't be possible (unfortunately) :( . But, as you and Chris say, they've probably been formed this way, so doing it again shouldn't harm t...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 5789

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

Have to agree with English Archer - I think then, as now, many differing shooting syles would have existed, not just the one. So much would depend upon both the experience of the archer, where and how they learned to shoot, and of course the circumstances in which the bow was being used. Also, as we...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots problem / Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2670

Boots problem / Question

I've been wearing a pair of inherited thigh length dark brown medieval riding boots for a while, and whilst I enjoy having them on they do suffer from one large drawback in that although they are a size 9 and the same size as my feet, they are a narrow size 9 and my feet are fairly broad. I've order...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wool sellers in durham or N/E?
Replies: 5
Views: 3383

Re: Wool sellers in durham or N/E?

Ta for the replies! I've contacted Bernie and I'm gettimg some samples / prices from him - also been in touch with Herts fabrics as this was also mentioned to me by a friend.

All best :)

P.R