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by Phoenix Rising
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 6477

Re: New group wanted N/E England

No problems Aelle, will do when I get home. Ship to ship went okay, bit of a sudden awakening this morning and into the boat to transfer at 07.15, and have been busy ever since, so only just managed to check on this tonight! Just glad the weather calmed down a bit, but our side of the country got so...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 6477

Re: New group wanted N/E England

Hi Aelle, Just managed to get online on the ship, but not so easy in a force 9 gale as we are in at the moment to type! In short yes Time Bandits covers early periods as well, basically we go from saxon / norman to WW2 and beyond. As I posted to Squire John, if you want I can contact you via P.M or ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 6477

Re: New group wanted N/E England

Hello Squire John, Now that's what I call an odd co-incidence - I live in the same village as you! From what you've said you've got a bit of kit, and I belong to the Time Bandits multi-period group led by Dr John Sadller who is based in Belsay, Northumberland. I too don't have transport of my own, b...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 13728

Re: Archers Side Arm

Mmmm - agreed, can't really say it was responsible for everything. So, if perhaps the Black Death bit is tenuous (although if Fox is right about the peaking of the longbow / archers as mainstay of armies in the mid 14th I still think this might play a part), was it another factor that altered the ar...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Damn right, who needs sights and stabilisers!!! They're for GIRLS!! :D Started out with them, but wasn't long before I was bewitched into the 'dark side' with the longbow and have stayed there ever since! I too use a glove. Used to use a tab but, like you, found difficulties with it, despite the cla...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 13728

Re: Archers Side Arm

As I understand it, one of the consequences of the Black Death (at least in England ) was that food prices went up due to higher inflation, sometimes by four times as much in some places. Those who survived the Black Death believed that there was something special about them – almost as if God had p...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Ah, glad things going better :D . Locking the arm out straight is, as I said earlier, one of the most common causes and we all do it from time to time. Remember being taught about the slight bending of my arm to allow for the string passage when I first started out in archery, but recurves are more ...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 13728

Re: Archers Side Arm

Fox - might find this article interesting with regard to Longbow origin. (just ran across it) http://margo.student.utwente.nl/sagi/artikel/longbow/longbow2.html The author claims claims is that Morris didn't translate the welsh properly, and that the claim of the longbow being from there is erroneus...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 13728

Re: Archers Side Arm

Ah, my thinking is a bit muddled then ! (nothing unusual about that). Have to say more interested in the medieval period and my knowledge of Vikings is more postage stamp size - I was more thinking along the lines of how they celebrated the sword in their sagas etc, but now I come to think about it ...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 13728

Re: Archers Side Arm

As has been said, perhaps it was the case that the importance of archers had become elevated and adapatations made with regard to using them more effectively on the battlefield. If you look at the progression of archery, the Vikings et al had a culture based around the sword as the primary weapon, a...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 13728

Re: Archers Side Arm

Came up same as Dave B - all the images that I've looked at of archers from the period you mention that have some sort of sidearm simply show a knife of what you might call 'indeterminate' design, which I appreciate 'aint a lot o' good!
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

I suppose though that if you wanted to you could take a piece of horn and stitch it in between two thinish pieces of leather? That might give you the best of both worlds whilst retaining an 'authentic' look about it.

All best,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Yes, a more open stance may help to widen the distance a bit. As I recall Ascham recommended it in his 'Toxophilus' as being the best way to stand with a bow - I'd also perhaps think about my anchor point as well in relation to that, ie, do you draw to ear or to chin or to somewhere else on you face...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Just a thought, but before you look at horn etc, have you looked at the bracing height of your bow? If you haven't then the 'kissing' you describe could well be being caused by this. Can check it by putting your closed fist onto the belly of your bow just below the mid-point of your string then do t...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 10655

Re: What does the public see?

As the descending darkness hides a multitude of sins!!

Thanks for the links and the advice, I'll follow them up.

All best,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 10655

Re: What does the public see?

Interesting project methinks! All pointers welcome... :D

Cheers,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 10655

Re: What does the public see?

Have to admit I think the MOP's are a little more discerning than perhaps given credit for, and when it all boils down to it, what are we actually doing? We are modern people of the 21sr Century, attempting to look, sound and be as authentic as we can, but think Sir Rustbucket has it well said - it ...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The King's War on Witches (Ch5)
Replies: 2
Views: 2132

Re: The King's War on Witches (Ch5)

Apologies, should have been clearer - the burnings were mainly in Europe, with some in Scotland before James took over from Elizabeth. Hanging is therefore correct, as was depicted in the programme, but when you think about it, whether burned or hanged, the same applies. Little evidence, torture and...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The King's War on Witches (Ch5)
Replies: 2
Views: 2132

The King's War on Witches (Ch5)

Watched this programme tonight on Channel 5 and found it fascinating! Very well put together and thoughtfully researched, it showed well I thought how one man's obsession with the subject of Witches (due to his blaming them for nearly killing him in a storm at sea), sparked off an entire genocidal m...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 10655

Re: What does the public see?

As you say, Sophia, all groups are able to set their own standards, which is fine, but although glasses may have been being imported in quantities, would the ordinary person have been able to scrimp enough together to afford any in the first place? It is interesting to note that the illustrations fr...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 10655

What does the public see?

Following some reading of websites and personal enquiries of some societies, I find myself becoming a little disconcerted at one particular aspect of re-enacting / costuming – that of the attitude that is shown towards those of us who have no choice but to wear glasses. Whilst I can understand the g...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wool sellers in durham or N/E?
Replies: 5
Views: 3374

Re: Wool sellers in durham or N/E?

Cheers Tanya - 'hit and miss' really does describe the situation, although I might have found a place not far away from me. Spoke to them this morning and although they no longer carry wool (having gone over to quilting stuff) they used to deal with reenactors and still have some suppliers etc were ...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 19317

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

Speaking as a medic, have to admit that Polaris and others have been right - the result could have been a great deal worse. Wouldn't have been the first time that someone bumped their noggin, thought nothing of it and failed to wake up in the morning! Trouble with alcohol is its natural ability to a...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wool sellers in durham or N/E?
Replies: 5
Views: 3374

Wool sellers in durham or N/E?

Hi folks,

Looking to make a new doublet and some other items, but can't find a decent purveyor of wool for such a project - anyone on the list know of any in the durham / N/E area? Any help / suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers,

Andy
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: 14th-15th Century Groups in Durham.
Replies: 9
Views: 4571

Re: 14th-15th Century Groups in Durham.

Okay, I'll P.M yu with my e-mail address and then you can let me know as and when.

All best,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: 14th-15th Century Groups in Durham.
Replies: 9
Views: 4571

Re: 14th-15th Century Groups in Durham.

Hi Andy 92, Currently I'm in the Time Bandits historical interpretation group, primarily based in Newcastle / Northumberland and being multi-period, we tend to to some medieval stuff as well. However, I live approx 7 miles from Durham, and so would be interested in joining such a society as you prop...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 6477

Re: New group wanted N/E England

Just checking, but the e-mail address you sent it to - was it the btinternet one? If it was it's the wrong one. He changed it recently and hasn't altered it on the site it seems! (He's not the most technologicaly switched on person in the world...) :? His actual e-mail is: john.sadler@islmail.co.uk ...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 6477

Re: New group wanted N/E England

No problem, just thought it might help. Yes, John has mentioned you before, so he'll know you I think. If you do decide to join us, you'd be made very welcome! As I said, we'll be at Alnwick on Thursday all day, so if you fancy a day out and a chat, feel free. Failing that I also know that we are at...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 6477

Re: New group wanted N/E England

Hi Paul, There are some groups up in our area, but not many. I know that BOTWOTS (doing Border Reivers) are in Redcar, but with the same difficulties as me in travelling (I don't drive either), this might be a bit of a stretch However, I myself belong to the 'Time Bandits' group, where we carry out ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Quiver question
Replies: 1
Views: 1314

Re: Quiver question

Not got a pattern for it, but I was in the same position as you a few months ago. At the risk of starting a 'spacer needed' or a 'spacer not needed' debate I went down the former route and made one myself, for a lot less cost than buying one. Simply went to the local market (durham) and got a couple...