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by Brother Kevfael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Taxing
Replies: 12
Views: 1918

I had to pay 30 pence! :roll: surely it costs more than that to process it....
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 7742

Tongue in cheek remark, actually, (although it could have happened humans being humans!). With serious consideration, I think if going on a raid, some "could" have stuck horns on to terrify their victims, for psychological effect etc., (they could have stuck anything on really as long as i...
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 7742

Your opinion, and you are entitled to it, medicus. So did some vikings put horns on their helmets.....? it's given me food for thought, a couple probably did, then got told to take the damn things off because they were more of a menace to their own side.... But, nevertheless, it's been a damn good d...
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 7742

Sorry, medicus, your quote got mixed up with my views :oops:
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 7742

It was never my intention to insult anyone. However, I am talking about on the battlefield, (i don't recall mentioning going around murdering anybody willy-nilly). However, you do underline my point, the societal and psychologiocal motivations of the past are very different from today: It's the circ...
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 7742

I would tend to agree that you cannot compare societal/psycholoical pressures of today with the past. i.e. Today killing in western society is viewed as taboo, (unless you happen to belong to some gangs!) so the armed forces essentially have to desensitise a person to kill, yet in the past it was ho...
by Brother Kevfael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 7742

Something I've been thinking about....

Apart from being a reenactor/historical interpreter, I've also got an interest in human psychology, (NO JOKES PLEASE!!!). And I've been wondering: It is part of human nature that when people go into combat they try and make themselves look as frightening as possible, (to frighten the opponent into f...
by Brother Kevfael
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Who will be at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair?
Replies: 15
Views: 3054

I dread to think!!!! :shock:
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Who will be at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair?
Replies: 15
Views: 3054

Trevor the spectacles will be disappointed if arthur isn't there! :D :twisted:
by Brother Kevfael
Thu May 15, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Turning up....
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

As a reenactor, (who was there on the night - Hi Kate, Ed says "Hello", once again you and charlie did lovely work, and your mother's stuff was gorgeous!), and someone who does a fair bit of fundraising, it wasn't only the missing traders who acted less than honourably. A certain reenactme...
by Brother Kevfael
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Robin Hood (1991)
Replies: 1
Views: 651

Robin Hood (1991)

The one starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. Finally got a DVD of it and I enjoyed it. No saracens etc. in it, no Guy of Gisbourne or Richard I, and filmed in the Welsh borders (always a bonus). The drawbacks are that the knitted mail is iffy, but on the whole it's good fun, and it's better than...
by Brother Kevfael
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 17583

The only way is to wait . However, if you have lemon balm, smell the young shoots as it has its wonderful aroma even then. the mint family tends to send off roots above and below ground as does black horehound. But don't forget, a lot of what is now regarded as weeds are useful plants, (nettle and d...
by Brother Kevfael
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 17583

I tend to bundle mine up and use them as places where ladybirds can hibernate through the winter.
Also, i forgot to mention, the chap who brings herbs to Tewkesbury always has a very nice selection including the more unusual kinds.
by Brother Kevfael
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 17583

Avoid white valerian, not only does it sow itself with a vengence it also smells of dog crap when in bloom. Most importantly however, check what kind of soil you have have. Certain herbs have their preferenences for particular soils, Thyme, doesn't like clay soils, so I have to grow mine in pots; wh...
by Brother Kevfael
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Psychological warfare
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

On a purely psychological aspect of warfare, wouldn't the aim be to get the other side to surrender without having to commit time and resources to a seige or a battle? For example, Vlad Tepes. You're in an invading army, you come over the hill and find a load of people impaled, the message is: "...
by Brother Kevfael
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Blackwork
Replies: 55
Views: 8232

Ladies do not trust any of your daughters around this man!!! :lol: He comes on all sweet and innocent, but he's just a lothario, no woman is safe around him !!! :lol: He gives casanova a good name!! (P.S. I told you I'd get you back for the "ugly face of reenacting" comment!!!" :wink: )
by Brother Kevfael
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula
Replies: 0
Views: 532

Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula

Stars Rudolf Martin, and attempts to tell the true story of the impaler....and fails. But at least, they tried to do something different. (And they had to tack on the bloody vampire ending .... :roll: ). Only for Dracula Completists.
by Brother Kevfael
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Wild Food
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Wild Food

Ray Mears and Gordon Hillman's book, which supports the T.V series of the same name, is not a bad book for anyone who is interested in this subject. While it does have a bent towards the early hunter gatherers who inhabited this country, and is not as comprehensive as I would have liked, it is a goo...
by Brother Kevfael
Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 64416

Here's me and adam the archer at Dudley Castle, (I leave you to guess what I'm analysing), but Adam moved very quickly when I said I'd have to apply the clyster ...... :twisted:
by Brother Kevfael
Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Wild Food and Herbs on Tewkesbury Fields
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Tell me about it! I haven't got a herb garden now, but a herb jungle.
by Brother Kevfael
Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: best mint to cook with ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1027

Applemint is the considered the best for cooking, but you could try spearmint or peppermint.
by Brother Kevfael
Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Wild Food and Herbs on Tewkesbury Fields
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Some good books for people who are interested are "Food for free" by Richard Mabey; "A cook on the Wildside" and "The River Cottage Cookbook" by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingsal, (I can never spell his name correctly); Roger Phillips' book on Herbs is also an excellent one. How...
by Brother Kevfael
Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Wild Food and Herbs on Tewkesbury Fields
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

I absolutely agree with you. Too often I feel that it is overlooked that the majority of people pre-industrial revolution were rural. And they would have a working practical knowledge of the plants around them. I think what frequently happens in reenactment is that this gets hidden behind the fighti...
by Brother Kevfael
Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:01 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Wild Food and Herbs on Tewkesbury Fields
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Wild Food and Herbs on Tewkesbury Fields

Despite the various complaints about access to the fields; I thought it was absolutely fanatastic the range of fruits, (apples, damsons,elder, sloes) and nuts, (hazel) that were growing wild, ( outside the orchard I might add), along with a profusion of healing herbs such as meadowsweet and self hea...
by Brother Kevfael
Thu May 03, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Snack/lunch in the fields food?
Replies: 27
Views: 4891

[quote="Lady Cecily"]I think we may be in danger of trying to shoehorn modern eating habits into the past here. This is very true. we have to be wary of imposing a modern mentality onto the past. It was a rural age, the majority of people would have had a working knowledge of bushcraft and...
by Brother Kevfael
Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: 300
Replies: 29
Views: 5074

Go and read the "300" Graphic novel by Frank Miller on which the film is based. First rate.

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