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by guthrie
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60823

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Sooo, let me get this straight. The same weekend, in the glorious historic city of Stirling, there will be just outside it, a 15k a day visitor event; inside it will be an armed forces day, with people bandying about numbers as high as 70k, and to finish it all off, an event at the Castle itself. Th...
by guthrie
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gown Hem Hook - 1500s
Replies: 9
Views: 4518

Re: Gown Hem Hook - 1500s

THe MoL book on the south bank digs says they are likely late 15th to mid 16th centuries, a fairly brief period in fashion.
by guthrie
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60823

Re: Bannockburn 2014

And there's not much wrong with that, as long as the public know what they are getting. I'm told there will be something happening at Stirling castle...somewhen... WHich something though? Like Eddward II riding up, knocking on the door then being told to go away? Unfortunately, this being Scotland,...
by guthrie
Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Groups in staffordshire?
Replies: 1
Views: 6474

Re: Groups in staffordshire?

I just moved it here so as to fit the sub-forum topics better. Good luck finding a group in Staffordshire.
by guthrie
Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Height/Length of Early 15thC Split Hose
Replies: 2
Views: 2124

Re: Height/Length of Early 15thC Split Hose

I don't have the time or the spoons to do it myself, but you might like to search some manuscripts in the British library and the Bodleian library, they're online with lots of nice pictures of people in clothing. I'm thinking of making a proper circa 1410-1415 set of clothing myself at some point, a...
by guthrie
Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval period clothing needed
Replies: 1
Views: 1613

Re: Medieval period clothing needed

Which particular century? Any specifications of social level?
by guthrie
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mediaeval Trumpet
Replies: 12
Views: 12875

Re: Mediaeval Trumpet

I'm very interested, although I suspect that one would cost more than I could afford. We need more trumpets at medieval and Tudor events. I read up on the making of trumpets, even thought of giving it a go, but eventually ran out of steam given the equipment and expertise required. Is there any chan...
by guthrie
Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60823

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I think the simplest explanation is that it isn't going to be a re-enactment, but a big historically oriented entertainment event.
by guthrie
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Recurved' longbows?
Replies: 6
Views: 3356

Re: 'Recurved' longbows?

To me, not being an archer, the pictures shown so far are merely the usual sort of mostly but not quite accurate drawings that occur all the way through the later medieval period, and are certainly not good enough for proving the existence of a recurve on longbows of the time.
by guthrie
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

You're not late, the series isn't finished until the Christmas episode at New Year... I suspect that there's more accurate too use because of getting in more experts and using what Weald and Downland have to hand; there are several people who make period authentic woodworking tools nowadays, mostly ...
by guthrie
Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Actually from that angle it does look rather later, because of the verticality of the walls of the cauldron. Butler and green has foundry marks, and you're right, that triple leaf thingy matches the Fathers foundry. B &G have even included an otherwise unattributed cauldron to their section of the b...
by guthrie
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60823

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Just spotted this http://m.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/news/rethink-over-battle-of-bannockburn-celebration-1-3238660 The Scotsman is a well known unionist tabloid, which probably explains the phrasing of the headline. Anyone know how many usually attend Armed Forces day's elsewhere in the country? ...
by guthrie
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60823

Re: Bannockburn 2014

So The City of Stirling won the bid to host Armed Forces Day on 28th of August and three months later people have just realised there might be an issue? Hardly a 'bolt out of the blue' Mr Leader of the SNP group. Didn't any one point out 'hey isn't that the same date as the 700th anniversary of som...
by guthrie
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Looking through my files, I find that the Belfast museum has several medieval cauldrons, of about 6 to 9 inches diameter at the mouth. Attached is a photo of some of the small skillets and such in the museum of London. Having found a picture of the Mydfai cauldron I don't see why anyone would think...
by guthrie
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Theophilus did not necessarily mean brass; he can only have used the Latin terms orichalcum , cyprium/cuprium or aes which have often been loosely translated as brass by later writers. Orichalcum is literally "yellow copper ore" but often refers to copper alloys, while aes means "copper ore, copper...
by guthrie
Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Looking through my files, I find that the Belfast museum has several medieval cauldrons, of about 6 to 9 inches diameter at the mouth. Attached is a photo of some of the small skillets and such in the museum of London. Having found a picture of the Mydfai cauldron I don't see why anyone would htink ...
by guthrie
Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Well it took me ages to find Butler and Green; the copy I have is almost a discard because several pages are photocopies stuck in where the printing went wrong and missed them out. The Museum of London has quite a few intact skillets and cauldrons, but has signally failed to publish them in a modern...
by guthrie
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Looking through Butler and Green, the medieval- Tudor cauldrons seem to be around a foot in diameter and holding 5 gallons or so, often a bit larger. Moreover, they refer to the Birdall Foundry in Exeter, active in the 16-early 17th centuries, from which tonnes of casting waste was found. Much of it...
by guthrie
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Welcome to the forum, Caedmon, and you are welcome to join the discussion. The subject of medieval/post-medieval cauldrons in the UK is one that has never been scientifically studied in much depth, giving a fairly vague picture. In an ADS report on a bronze skillet found at Stanford in the Vale, G ...
by guthrie
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

I saw one bronze cauldron in use, it reminded me more of a 17th century shape, Hi, I'm a newb, so please excuse any gaffs in forum etiquette. This is the piece in the central hearth? It looked very much like the Myddfai Cauldron to me which has been dated to the 15th c. I agree that it also looks l...
by guthrie
Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

As there seem to be a large number of criticisms / complaints, I have phoned the BBC's helpline and they say the following: "If you believe that a BBC service / programme is not stating the truth about a subject or not reporting facts, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints and register your ...
by guthrie
Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: mark harris spammer
Replies: 1
Views: 5839

Re: mark harris spammer

Sorted, thank you.
by guthrie
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Baldachin awnings - evidence?
Replies: 7
Views: 3107

Re: Baldachin awnings - evidence?

By such a shelter I meant the Baldachin thingy; I suspect the James IV kitchen was similar to the traditional cooking shelter design - a big rectangle with some side poles holding it up.
by guthrie
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Baldachin awnings - evidence?
Replies: 7
Views: 3107

Re: Baldachin awnings - evidence?

I've never seen anything like that in a picture anywhere. I've been looking out for dining shelter type designs, and seen nothing like that. What I have found is a mention of canvas, I think 60 ells of it, for making a kitchen for the king before he went off fighting. For James IV, can't remember if...
by guthrie
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 16313

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

As you note, strong red can be an issue, but I got a lovely bright red from dyeing with madder and keeping it under 65C.
by guthrie
Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 16313

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

I suppose it depends how rich your archer is. Linen canvas for poorer sort, some fairly strong wool (not woollen wool, but the more worsted type) for a better off one. BUt then it depends what you can get. I'm coming round to the idea that we have a bit too much colour in our portrayals, but on the ...
by guthrie
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 16313

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

What Fox said.
For good sleeves, the trick is cutting the armhole and sleeve in the right way. Once it's done properly there really isn't a problem. Modern sleeves are more baggy and so on, and I never had a problem doing generic re-enactment archery in them.
by guthrie
Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

I'd agree about the water, not so sure about the budget; it was a bit more like they threw it together over some weekends with willing volunteers in the background.
by guthrie
Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

A longer discussion of my suggestion re. bells and where they were made can be found at my blog:
http://distillatio.wordpress.com/2013/1 ... rong-idea/
by guthrie
Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 15845

Re: 13th C. Farm

In Scotland in the 13th century, judging by remains found, admittedly mostly in towns, houses were long hall houses with some internal partitions, usually one storey high. The walls were wattle, perhaps wattle and daub, or stakes/ wattle with earth between/ around. The roof was held up by large vert...