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by guthrie
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7489

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

Fox wrote:I think it suggests the idea is still being experimented with; which suggests to me there is nothing standard about the spear lengths at either Bannockburn or Crecy.
That is all.

So, your answer is it's all a bit messy and we can't tell.
by guthrie
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7489

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

But as you pointed out, they were breaking lances to make suitably short weapons at Crecy, which rather suggests a lack of preparedness, hence my use of the word 'sudden'. Of course I agree the ideas were likely floating about for a fair time beforehand, but I'd have to read up on the military side ...
by guthrie
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7489

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

A thing that hasn't been said is that there is no reason to suppose Bannockburn (and related battles) are typical of the period. I agree. It's a time of change for British tactics, that arguably might be triggered by the English experience at Bannockburn. Or rather the series of other battles in th...
by guthrie
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7489

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

Thanks, that's all more information and experience that is useful. I've not come across much evidence that the spearmen at Bannockburn had shields as well; some mention of targes or the like that would be worn mostly over the back when in use, since you need closed ranks to make a schiltron work pro...
by guthrie
Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I would like to handle the originals in the Burrell collection, but I expect they are too weak to be swung around. Rather blade heavy loooking anyway. Maybe you have a replica?
by guthrie
Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Wait, longswords? I was't aware of any evidence that the long and broad bladed swords of the time were used by infantry.

Steve - lots of us can be entertaining. It's just that it is nice if it's also somewhat accurate in its portrayal of the past.
by guthrie
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

It'll be interesting to get hold of the accounts in a year or two.
by guthrie
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Fox wrote:
guthrie wrote:And the budget is surely ten times greater than has ever been spent any previous re-enactment.

Nor is it being spent on a re-enactment now.

That's true; I assume that treating it like a major large event/ rock concert has associated costs.
by guthrie
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

To be honest it smacks of so many other similar events on the go, lots of pretty toys and peripherals but not much thought to main content. As I said above, it looks more like a history themed piece of entertainment and 'experience' than a re-enactment. What other content would you like to see? I'm...
by guthrie
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

The thing is, only an idiot would expect large scale pre-event sales. FOr starters, not everyone will be coming from abroad and want to book in advance. Then there's the important point that this sort of event in Scotland simply doesn't have so much of a history or followers. Plus it's Scotland, som...
by guthrie
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7489

So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?

The reason I'm asking is because you might have noticed it's Bannockburn soon, which is 1314. There's a law from the later 15th century in Scotland that says spears should be, IIRC, 5 ells long, that is 15 feet or so. At the start of the period, I thought that the spears used with shields couldn't b...
by guthrie
Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Yup, I heard about that weeks ago thanks to my insider information; the point is more that it'll be a sort of clan gathering rather than an open to the public type history day. Or that was the impression I got, the Herald article isn't much more informative, it would be nice to know exactly who will...
by guthrie
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: has anyone dealt with medieval market
Replies: 8
Views: 3364

Re: has anyone dealt with medieval market

Unfortunately my email to them using the address on their website bounced back.
by guthrie
Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: has anyone dealt with medieval market
Replies: 8
Views: 3364

Re: has anyone dealt with medieval market

Thanks, I've emailed them asking if they'll be over this year.
by guthrie
Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: has anyone dealt with medieval market
Replies: 8
Views: 3364

Re: has anyone dealt with medieval market

Biro wrote:Yes, bought from them several times (as have several others in our group) and I'd highly reccomend them.

(They usally attend one of the UK markets too)

Oh yes, which market have you seen them at? My group needs chairs with backs and we are searching for suppliers.
by guthrie
Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Aaaannndd it's down to 2 days now, saturday and sunday, apparently partly due to all the other events happening at Stirling that weekend. And Visit Scotland is in overall charge now apparently. And it'll be open until 7pm... I don't want to sound like a complete loser, but that'll make it what, a 9 ...
by guthrie
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 15682

Re: 13th C. Farm

Well please give us this evidence that they would be persuaded by. If you are away from home or something we can wait until you have access to your source material again. I often forget exactly where some nugget of information came from and take a few days to catch up with a discussion.
by guthrie
Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Forum on Andriod Tablet.
Replies: 1
Views: 5891

Re: Forum on Andriod Tablet.

I've no idea, but for those who might, can you tell us what browser you are using? I understand that's a common question when things aren't working properly.
by guthrie
Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Peasant women outerwear?
Replies: 13
Views: 9502

Re: Peasant women outerwear?

Hah, you posted as I was composing the previous message. Breughel peasants dance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Peasant_Dance_-_WGA3499.jpg Not entirely sure what you'd wear for bad weather though, I think cloaks were still around just not very common having been s...
by guthrie
Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Peasant women outerwear?
Replies: 13
Views: 9502

Re: Peasant women outerwear?

Done a quick check of some of the stuff I saw on kentwell facebook. You can use gloves, perhaps like these - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pair-of-Ladies-Gloves-Suede-/131090949347?pt=UK_Gloves&hash=item1e85a124e3 And on this you can see a 1547 and a 1574-ish drawings of what country englishwomen wo...
by guthrie
Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Peasant women outerwear?
Replies: 13
Views: 9502

Re: Peasant women outerwear?

A nice woollen dress and then a nice woollen gown on top of that, and I think by the 1570s (that is roughly when you mean?) you might be able to wear some sort of jacket.

Basically the more wool the better.
by guthrie
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Would like to get into Tudor re-enacting..where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 5840

Re: Would like to get into Tudor re-enacting..where to start

That's reassuringly organised and quick. Well done.
by guthrie
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Would like to get into Tudor re-enacting..where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 5840

Re: Would like to get into Tudor re-enacting..where to start

No, I'm afraid I don't, but i have to put in a plug for Kentwell Hall, which is family friendly (Some people are now bringing their children along after being Tudors themselves when children) and good fun. Just a bit big and scary to start with, but most new participants enjoy themselves. And if I'm...
by guthrie
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Firelighting
Replies: 11
Views: 4089

Re: Authentic Firelighting

I'm pretty sure you don't need specialist equipment for it. I did it in a glass jar with a hole in the lid because I could see what was happening. The jar broke, but if you use some bits of old pot you can probably do well enough. IT's too wet and miserable to experiment at the moment, i'll try in m...
by guthrie
Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 43868

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Hmmm, 12/13th century, introduction of better ploughs and methods and IIRC harnesses and stuff. Not sure if there's many other differences, cloth is woven, albeit different weave, cheese will be made the same way, same with fires, floors, etc. Wonder how the fainting ladies would cope with big linen...
by guthrie
Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Firelighting
Replies: 11
Views: 4089

Re: Authentic Firelighting

I don't think charcloth is an anachronism, at least for medieval times, but I can't recall my sources at all.
by guthrie
Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Best way to start learning to joust
Replies: 61
Views: 15744

Re: Best way to start learning to joust

Mark Griffin wrote:You are right Guthrie, but that doesn't mean I have to sit there and take it!

Doesn't that depend on how much they are paying you? :wink:

BUt yes, you don't have to take it, and this being a forum almost all input is welcome.
by guthrie
Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Best way to start learning to joust
Replies: 61
Views: 15744

Re: Best way to start learning to joust

What a jousting show is is a pantomime, and I don't mean that in a demeaning way. There are set runs, set falls, chorographed fights, dramatic dialogue, characters etc etc. Its slick and hopefully entertaining. The problem comes from our good old friend the english language and people's interaction...
by guthrie
Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Mark Griffin wrote:Its always busier in Edinburgh.

That's very true.
by guthrie
Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60424

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Ah thanks, May is a sensible time to do some things like that.

However the armed forces day is, according to their own website, still on the 28th of June.

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