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by guthrie
Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

It is okay to criticise the program for the way it presents things, but that review is too snide and nasty.
by guthrie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

At least we're not as bad as the Metro reviewer: The worst school history tripTudor Monastery Farm (Picture: Laura Rawlinson) I thought The Great Penguin Rescue (Eden) was bad. Over at Tudor Monastery Farm (BBC2), Ruth was showing us how the Tudors combed their hair, Peter – or it might have been To...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

No problem. Can you tell I'm a bit of an archaeometallurgist? And I've also realised it is a little unfair to castigate a tv program about something which simply isn't widely known - I've already discussed on my blog the problems with the Shire book on bellfounding, written in the 80's by Trevor Jen...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Sure, it happened, and archaeologists aren't perfect. But in the context of circa 1500, I argue that it is wrong to say that bells are cast on site, when we've got perfectly good evidence of loads of bells being cast in permanent foundries and transported up to around 50 miles overland. Especially w...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

I managed to find Alex Bayliss' PhD on statistical analysis of bells, medieval and 16th century, and haven't read all of it by any means. This quote suggests why people are so obessed with bells being cast on the site of the church/ abbey: It is true, however, that a disproportionately small number ...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:23 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Ooohh, got to stop you there, brother! The stereotyped view about bell casting is as you, in pits in the monastery grounds. But there really isn't much evidence that it was actually common practise. For instance, one of the proponents of it, Trevor Jennings, has a long list of temporary bell foundry...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Blast furnaces were in use on the continent by, IIRC, the later 14th century. Nope, I just checked a book, apparently they were around since hte 12th century in Sweden and Germany, reached the Namur region of Belgium in the early 15th, from where they reached northern france in the 1450's, and the t...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

I have the impression the date is conditioned in part by what facilities are available. I.e. if there was a good replica 10th century village complete with people who ran it in costume, then they would do that instead. The blast furnace was interesting, but they didn't do anything with it. I'm inter...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??
Replies: 10
Views: 3503

Re: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??

Yes, exactly. They could have some real evidence, or they misread a paper and thought cork oak meant cork itself.
by guthrie
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??
Replies: 10
Views: 3503

Re: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??

Hmm, I'd want a source for such a claim as that. In fact they make the same claim about ROman ships, yet using google scholar I can find a paper which mentions the use of cork oak on one ship from 2nd century BC. Cork oak is hardly cork.
by guthrie
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??
Replies: 10
Views: 3503

Re: CORKS OR STOPPERS for 15thC??

I've wondered about it myself; seen pictures form 16th century that look about right, but not for the 15th.
As John says the tricky bit is what the cork is used for.
by guthrie
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Ink recipes
Replies: 11
Views: 4919

Re: Ink recipes

Sorry,The stoneware bottle was from the National Museum of Scotland in the link that Karen put up, NMS date on it of 1300-1500 but I would date it 1450+ and it's imported German/Raeren ware. Is that not a variety of salt glaze on it? THe NMS is famously a bit iffy on some topics, especially their d...
by guthrie
Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Miss Costello wrote:Sensibilities be damned! I'm sad that they have been forced into more inaccuracies... :-x
WAit, MORE inaccuracies? What others have there been?
by guthrie
Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

ARGH RANT RANT RANT
morons. So it's okay to have page 3 girls, highly sexualised billboards of underwear models showing more detail than you can possibly make out through layers of wool and such, and yet codpieces are indecent? Someone is really messed up.
by guthrie
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:44 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Hraefn wrote:Plus the production company decided that Tudor codpieces would upset the rubes so 'banned' them =o/
Really? that's so possible yet I'd like some better evidence before I start ranting about the stupidity of production companies.
by guthrie
Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Fox wrote:That wouldn't be consistent with statements he's made in public, would it?
(See the press statements in the early part of this thread).
You mean like the stuff from the Parliament COmmittee? Hmmmmmm.
by guthrie
Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Scott McMaster came round Chatelherault and told us they were looking to appoint someone to manage the re-enactors and I think (although my memory is pants so I might be wrong about it) that included setting up the battle, and it hadn't been decided who yet. Not that I know who applied or what the b...
by guthrie
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Medicus Matt wrote:
guthrie wrote:Aaaaand it's Clanranald doing the battle and village!
I thought that had been established by page 2?
We were told otherwise before this latest announcement.
by guthrie
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Aaaaand it's Clanranald doing the battle and village!
by guthrie
Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 44088

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

and a bit of machine breaking never did any harm! Yes, the mechanisation of farming and all the improvements in that century are surely rather a big story to tell. By contrast, I am not an expert but have trouble thinking of any major differences between the mid 17th C and 1500 in terms of day to d...
by guthrie
Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bollock dagger
Replies: 18
Views: 6591

Re: Bollock dagger

It might be simpler if you put all of your questions on one thread, rather than starting a new one. That's 3 within a week, all for little questions which might be better answered as part of a whole, like "I'm wanting to be an X, where can I get kit from?" 2j's is fine for starters, then you move in...
by guthrie
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Ink recipes
Replies: 11
Views: 4919

Re: Ink recipes

That reminds me, I must try making red ink with brazil wood, I have it waiting and ready, and green from copper stuff.
by guthrie
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Ink recipes
Replies: 11
Views: 4919

Re: Ink recipes

I have a short post on oak gall ink: http://distillatio.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/making-oak-gall-ink/ It's simple to make, there's plenty of room for manouvre in making it and lots of recipes online. Theophilus, a German monk writing circa 1122 (In "On Divers arts" translated by Hawthorne and Smith)...
by guthrie
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I feel obliged to say that the NTS et al are trying to make sure it doesn't turn into a nationalist festival type event, which is of course annoying the usual suspects somewhat. Let's face it, you aren't going to be able to get rid of such aspects when it's the 700th anniversary of such an important...
by guthrie
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

The question, whether at the level of the event or the individual interaction, is more "What are the re-enactors presenting themselves as, what does the public expect, and what do they take away from it?"


That is, in terms of what people wore or did or said back in the days of yore.
by guthrie
Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

^ What he said.

Plus, there's no inherent contradiction between 'fun' and 'authentic', despite the way people often phrase things.
by guthrie
Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Because there's fewer events in Scotland where groups can meet up, it's harder for bad groups to be compared to good ones or for them to see others in action and learn from them. There's also a lot of good natured enthusiasm catering to the lowest common denominator, which makes telling people their...
by guthrie
Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60824

Re: Bannockburn 2014

It seems that the Scottish reenactment circuit is quite different that the english one so maybe thats why you guys arent aware of the groups that are operating. There are several Scottish groups who do medieval including Medieval realm, Knights of Monymusk and the Historic Saltire Society. The Hist...
by guthrie
Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century illustrations
Replies: 3
Views: 2219

Re: 15th century illustrations

saracen wrote:And further, the articles in the Company of St George's journal, 'The Dragon', available online:
http://www.companie-of-st-george.ch/cms ... en/Dragons
Shame there doesn't seem to be any after 2003, they are a useful starting place and sometimes end, of research.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: late 15th century German buckles and strap ends
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: late 15th century German buckles and strap ends

We usually reccomend starting at the Larsdatter links page, google it, and from there you can find internet art resources that are even more period and location exact.