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by Medicus Matt
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The English Resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 2077

Re: The English Resistance

There are lots of novels about Hereward and the English Resistance, including an ongoing series by James Swift.

"The Normans invaded and the Anglo-Saxons simply gave up. Really????"

Does anybody think that?
by Medicus Matt
Tue May 26, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anglo-Saxon cooking
Replies: 5
Views: 7061

Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Fiona, There are no Anglo Saxon recipes (at least not for food...there are a few medical texts that describe preparing foodstuffs as cures for ailments). We do know what ingredients were available (in terms of what meat, vegetables, fish, herbs etc were used) so, to be honest, everything else is jus...
by Medicus Matt
Sat May 23, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 13745

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

Really?
I wonder if they sell it for orthopedic shoe inserts. That's about the only thing it's been used for in this country in recent years.
by Medicus Matt
Sat May 23, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 13745

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

He's talking half-tan, which is a proper pain in the *rse to get hold of in this country but it's lovely stuff which is used for the manufacture of Puuko knife sheaths and anything else that requires pauted decoration (because you can only do pauting with half tan/rautang. I have never, ever heard i...
by Medicus Matt
Fri May 22, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 13745

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

Colin Middleton wrote:this scabbard leather stuff that Chris talks about.


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by Medicus Matt
Mon May 04, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Brooch fittings?
Replies: 4
Views: 2973

Re: Brooch fittings?

A little earlier, but the Petney brooch gives one possibility.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/c ... more-views
by Medicus Matt
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Agincourt Armour
Replies: 14
Views: 11441

Re: Agincourt Armour

Squire with a drone, that's what you need.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Anglo-Saxon remedy better than modern day antibiotics.
Replies: 5
Views: 6352

Re: Anglo-Saxon remedy better than modern day antibiotics.

It's brilliant that this has pushed a 9th century Old English medical text into the limelight but it's worth bearing in mind that:- a) It's nothing new. Cameron, in his "Anglo Saxon Medicine " (in 1996) had already established that the stye cure would be effective against Gram-positive bac...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs in Anglo=Saxon dark age cooking
Replies: 1
Views: 4475

Re: Herbs in Anglo=Saxon dark age cooking

What we've got is Old English medical/herbal texts (Bald's Leechbook, the Lacnunga and the Herbarium). From them we know what herbs were known (and, in some cases, cultivated) at the time of writing (9th century in the case of Bald, late 10th century for the Lacnunga and the same for the Herbarium, ...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.
Replies: 4
Views: 2580

Re: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.

You might be thinking of the episode of Mick Loades' series on Medieval Weapons, where members of Regia Anglorum made planked shields and tested them:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dCBMNCEMII
by Medicus Matt
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Age Trauma Wounds
Replies: 7
Views: 3011

Re: Viking Age Trauma Wounds

No drama. Sounds interesting, might see if I can get up to York a day early.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Age Trauma Wounds
Replies: 7
Views: 3011

Re: Viking Age Trauma Wounds

21st of Feb is a Sunday? Last day of the Festival. Is it on the 19th?
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Festival of History..
Replies: 24
Views: 9497

Re: Festival of History..

They also couldn't understand why the magnificent anglo saxon chaps with the stunning gear was on the outer edges of the whole camp next to the main walkway for reenactors to access the plastic camp. At least we were close to the showers and loos on the plastic camp..and getting off site from there...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Festival of History..
Replies: 24
Views: 9497

Festival of History..

Finally, the rumours are true....and I hadn't even heard any this year.

Kirby Hall, Stoneleigh and Kelmarsh, a lot of years and a lot of fun...a lot of hangovers and a lot of hats....a lot of mud and a lot of traffic jams.

Thank you EH. Good times.
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Conquest
Replies: 41
Views: 14139

Re: Conquest

Message relayed to Nige.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: 12th Century Cook Book "In the Works"
Replies: 8
Views: 8798

Re: 12th Century Cook Book "In the Works"

Thanks for the update Br. R.
by Medicus Matt
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 4354

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

It needs a very alkaline soil and then feeding with bone meal for nitrogen. If you have an acid soil it'll do b**ger all unless you put a lot of lime into it. It needs rotating as well and the patch you've grown it in will need some heavy feeding and leaving for a year before you put anything else i...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 4354

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

The whole front garden is a herbarium with dye plants taking up about a third.
Won't grow woad again though. Bloody awful stuff. Ruins the soil.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: anglo-saxon sun hat?
Replies: 8
Views: 5649

Re: anglo-saxon sun hat?

Odin/Woden is usually depicted wearing a hat with a brim, supposedly to cover up his lack of an eye, so they must have had hats with brims The earliest description of Odin wearing a broad-brimmed hat comes from the 13th century (Böglunga sögur) and all depictions of him wearing a hat post-date that...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: HNEFATAFL
Replies: 13
Views: 4698

Re: HNEFATAFL

For the pieces, I'd recommend Tillerman beads, who made a glass set for me based on surviving examples. http://www.tillermanbeads.co.uk/ As for the board, there's not a lot to go on. There are a few examples of the metal fittings from a board but the only I can think of which shows what a tafl board...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 6165

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

Apart from the obvious point (yes, you can tell the difference), you'd be a colossal fire hazard.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crafts display
Replies: 2
Views: 1755

Re: Crafts display

Thick leather or any other similarly soft medium can be used instead of the lead sheeting when making pressblech.
by Medicus Matt
Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Shieldmaidens
Replies: 13
Views: 4379

Re: Viking Shieldmaidens

Are we going to use the same logic on them as you wouldlike to use against female warriors? :wink: You're not using logic. Manuscripts depict tents from the period in the North Western Scando-Germanic sphere, therefore we know a) That they existed and b) What some of them looked like. The same can'...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Shieldmaidens
Replies: 13
Views: 4379

Re: Viking Shieldmaidens

I think you might be getting mixed up there Neil. I can't think of any of the laws of the early English kings which reference women fighting. The only one I can think of from any sort of British context is the Cáin Adomnáin (The Law of The Innocents) of 697, which was renewed in 727. That was enforc...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:17 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail Weight
Replies: 2
Views: 1719

Re: Mail Weight

Depends entirely on the diameter of the ring and the thickness of the wire.
Round wire or flat ring?
All rivetted or 50% rivetted/50% solid?

If you look on the Cap a Pie website, Mark gives approximate weights for his bags of loose rings (1000 9mm round wire rivetted rings weighs 398g).
by Medicus Matt
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a linen belt bag! (or trying to, help!)
Replies: 6
Views: 2856

Re: Making a linen belt bag! (or trying to, help!)

RyanA wrote: spare plywood


Can you see that it's made of plywood rather than solid timber?
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for Anglo-Saxon Groups in or around Coventry
Replies: 6
Views: 2515

Re: Looking for Anglo-Saxon Groups in or around Coventry

Which bit are you interested in, early (pagan period 5th-7th century), middle (7th-9th, including Alfred the Great and the early Viking raids) or late (9th-11th century, the Danelaw)?
There's 500 years to choose from.
:)
by Medicus Matt
Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking to get some viking gear
Replies: 37
Views: 9810

Re: Looking to get some viking gear

Why are you even thinking about mail? Join a group. Take their advice on what soft kit to buy and where to buy it from. Invest in well made shoes. Invest in a well made helmet (It's your HEAD for heaven's sake, is it really only worth £50 to you?). Get the basics right and spend some time at the low...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking to get some viking gear
Replies: 37
Views: 9810

Re: Looking to get some viking gear

The shoes are good, as is the buckle and strap end on the belt. Everything else is horrid.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 5572

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

Yes, they likely would have, but less access the further back you go. It's in the 16th century English lists of customs duties. In there it is called copperas, and the accounts also list green vitriol which was used for ink making, but the problem is that they were often mixed up together and not a...

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