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by Colin Middleton
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather trousers....
Replies: 10
Views: 4893

Re: Leather trousers....

I was at a MeDATS talk a few months back, where they were talking about leather hosen (16th C). However they were made of chamois (including the yellow colour), so not black trousers as we know them.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 2014 Courses From Sarah Thursfield
Replies: 0
Views: 740

2014 Courses From Sarah Thursfield

Sarah Thursfield has asked that I pass on details of the 2014 courses that she's running on here: Shirts and Smocks - Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March 2014 Doublets in Detail - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April 2014 For more details, see the topic that I've posted in the Costumes section. http://livinghi...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 2014 Courses From Sarah Thursfield
Replies: 0
Views: 989

2014 Courses From Sarah Thursfield

Sarah Thursfield has asked that I pass on details of the 2014 courses that she's running on here: Weekend Courses on Re-enactment Dress with Sarah Thursfield Shirts and Smocks Making body linens from Iron Age to Steam Age. Choosing material; cutting without a pattern; the basic stitches for beginner...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 4829

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

??? Re-enactment swords are normally heavier than real swords. Some of the Medieval ones that I've handled are incredibly light. How doesn't a normal sword belt support the sword over both hips. If it's hung from the belt at center front and back, it should sit comfortably, without pulling to one si...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 4829

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

I've never seen one worn, unless my understanding of it is quite wrong. And they sound a pain to wear. I can't imagine how they could be more comfortable than a normal sword belt. I'm guessing that they came about during the poor research done oward the beginning of the 20th century that so ideas li...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

John, do bear in mind that this is for France, which was beginning to form a national army at this point IIRC. Certainly this can not be taken as evidence that this wad done in England at the time and certainly not for earlier dates. That isn't to say that it wasn't done, just that we have no proof ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: North Yorkshire Middletons
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

North Yorkshire Middletons

While digging around in books, I've come across mention of a knight by the name of Middleton (no Christian name given) in North Yorkshire, in a roll dating from Henry VI (so mid to late 15th C). I'm trying to find out a bit more about him. So far I've identified 2 Middleton families associated with ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 4829

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

The short answer is no. I think that belt is a miss-interpretation of a man wearing 2 belts, one to control his clothes and one to support his sword. There are belts that have straps hanging the sword from the belt, but they just don't look like that. They tend not to go further across than the cent...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

The best place to ask for suppliers is on the Costumes forum, you'll get much better answers there. Good suppliers that I know of are Cloth Hall, Benie The Bolt and Hertz Fabrics. Hainswoth's also do remenants which is a cheaper option than their usual range. I think that all can do mail order. You'...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2704

Re: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

The jacks are made in India, I think, but Mark does keep a good eye on standards. Like I said, if you can get one made for you, it's much better. Matlus have an excellent reputation.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Where do you live? Getting hold of good superfine wools at a affordable price is tricky. There are a few traders that are used to supplying reenactors so can be more trusted to supply what you need.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2704

Re: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

I'd be happier to see you in a Cap-A-Pie one if you can't afford to get one made to fit you.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Straight down the middle is a dangerous place to be; they come at you from both sides! Perversely, linen doesn't seem to have been widely used for doublets and is probably a more expensive fabric than the fustian. When I found all this out about fustian, I did a bit of digging around on Wikipedia. I...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Co-incidental, I was talking to Sarah Thursfield yesterday and she asked me to remind people that she is running a doublet making course on the 4th and 5th of April in Llanymynech (Shropshire).

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Will.S wrote:When you say don't use the fabric for my hose, are you referring to the grey wool I mentioned, or do you mean don't use matching fabric for hose and doublet?

Hose require fabric with quite different properties to that required for a doublet.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Well rub it in why dontcha :D I'm pretty much ready to get crackin' with my first attempt. No idea what colour/material to use for the outer layer though! Do I go lightweight linen, for maximum ease of movement and simplicity (and if so, go for natural linen, or bleached or dyed something funky?) O...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

From what I recall, they would have been pointed to the pourpoint (if I've spelt it correctly), then normally the doublet would have gone over that, but in this case because of the thickness of the layered defences they were wearing, that would have been dispensed with. Sarah and Ruth have managed ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Fox wrote:My understanding is that there is no such thing as a sleeveless doublet in England until after the end of the War of the Roses.

I'd understood that there was evidence for them, but that it was uncommon. Either way, they are best avoided fffoor re-enactment purposes.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12330

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Will, I've never had problems moving in my doublet, even when fighting. Key things to remember are to get the sleeve/arm-hole right and to loosen the back points when doing anything strenuous. As for how to make it, I'd really book some time with Sarah Thursfield, doublets are complex, the only Medi...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Baldachin awnings - evidence?
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

Re: Baldachin awnings - evidence?

When I was looking into shelters, they all seemed to be made of a rectangle of canvas, either with poles just at the corners, or a ride pole, supports and possibly corner poles to keep them down/up.

That style looks much later to me.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??

Yes and no, it is the same plant. It's just that cork comes from the bark, while they're talking about the wood itself.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??

There were cork soled pattens in the 15th C. Personally, I'd go for wooden stoppers or waxed linen covers. I've never heard of any evidence for cork stoppers that early.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 9062

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

I mostly fight with the cue of my pollaxe. ...Which is usually a butt-spike. I do the same.... Or the tip spike. Either way, it doesn't seem popular to use a weapon that is capable only of big, telegraphed swings. All I'm trying to suggest is that a "maul" might be more like a pollaxe tha...
by Colin Middleton
Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7641

Re: Yeoman archer

ASK wrote:Looks most likely to be a straight bladed Falchion worn by the two archers illustrated by Jean Froissart's 15th-century illuminated manuscript of Crecy, although could do with a better image to be certain...

I' have called those arming swords myself, but it's all a bit arbitrary anyway.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7641

Re: Yeoman archer

I thought that it came from Osprey's The English Archer, but I'm not sure where the author got it from. Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7641

Re: Yeoman archer

To prove myself wrong I'm flicking through a book and here are pictures of archers. Several wear brigandines or plackarts. I can clearly see the following combinations worn: Mail shirt, brigandine and plackart Mail shirt, brigandine and plate arms Mail shirt(with fishtail), brigandine, polyens and b...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7641

Re: Yeoman archer

:) Generally archers don't wear plate at events because it's expensive and they don't expect to get hit. Historically you see figures like the archer guard in full harness but they are Scots (so from a different culture) and could well be gentlemen too. What little evidence I've seen suggests that a...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7641

Re: Yeoman archer

Sorry Bronzeadin. I was being a bit harsh with you there. People keep confusing military jobs with social status' or methods of recruitment with military 'ranks' and it's become something of a pet peeve for me.
We do understand what you're aiming for. I'm just being picky.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7641

Re: Yeoman archer

Why is a yeoman archer not levied? I thought that the levy system was a way to raise fighting men from an area and should have raised men of any status below knight. Yeoman however was a social status indicating freedom and moderate wealth. Can anyone. Correct me?
Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Milanese?
Replies: 13
Views: 3704

Re: Milanese?

As far as I was aware, Milan remained a powerhouse of armour manufacture for the whole of the 15th C. However the Milanese style of armour wasn't that fashionable in northern Europe during the 15th C (but then the German styles weren't that popular outside the Empire). Milan dealt with this by manuf...

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