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by Medicus Matt
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: River Tees Viking Helmet?
Replies: 7
Views: 7328

Re: River Tees Viking Helmet?

It wasn't found in the Tees. It was found at Chapel Yard in Yarm whilst a sewerage system was being laid in the 1950s. It is (or at least was last year) on display at Preston Park Museum. I've got plenty of pics, the Tees Archaeology Sites And Monuments Record from 2007 and a newspaper article about...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking to get some viking gear
Replies: 37
Views: 9802

Re: Looking to get some viking gear

Are you a member of a society? If so, take advice from them before buying anything as different groups have different standards but no group I've been a member of would let you outside wearing some of the stuff you've posted links to. If you're not a member of a society, consider joining one and tak...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice please on square neckline
Replies: 12
Views: 4461

Re: Advice please on square neckline

'Medieval' covers 1000 years.
Give us a clue?
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60273

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Probably not, but there's a distinct lack of people doing pollarding/ coppicing/ whatever it's called to produce nice straight 2 inch thick poles that are 12 or 14 foot long. The ones at Flodden last year were worse, simply because getting the right wood is very hard. The wood industry (there's a h...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 11659

Re: The Musketeers BBC

people have a tendency to leap on the bandwagon of how terrible it is, how badly acted or whatever before it gets a chance to settle down a bit. It's not like they're doing it live and their performances are going to get better with practice. If the script, direction and acting are crappy at the be...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 11659

Re: The Musketeers BBC

I've given up. Matey from BSG turning up with his 'Ray Winstone impersonating Jack Sparrow' act did it for us. The acting is horrible. If it had been shoved in the Merlin slot (because it's slightly less horrible than Atlantis) then I wouldn't mind so much but it doesn't belong in a 9pm, Sunday nigh...
by Medicus Matt
Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: British Army Headdress, Help Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 6232

Re: British Army Headdress, Help Needed

Is this to do with the tale of Captain Nick Marmion, the ghost of Carrickfergus Castle, known as 'Button Cap'?
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Firelighting
Replies: 11
Views: 4069

Re: Authentic Firelighting

everyday folk at all levels of society had access to spare bits of cloth. Did they have ready access to containers within which to successfully char it though? That, I would have thought, would be the trickier of the two materials to source. I've not found any evidence for the use of char-cloth dur...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Deisi, the Irish of Dyfed (5th-7th centuries)
Replies: 2
Views: 1818

Re: The Deisi, the Irish of Dyfed (5th-7th centuries)

I hope that there will be a representative of the Deisi at Mons Badonicus this year?
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 6171

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

" It makes far too much sense practically to have been ignored up until now." So, like pockets then, or buttons or any number of other really obvious, practical sensible things that perfect sense once somebody has invented them? :wink: By his own admission, Brian had no historical provena...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 6171

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

Colin Middleton wrote: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.
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This.
by Medicus Matt
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 6171

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

What's a 'double wrap' sword belt?
Oh, and what period are you aiming at?
by Medicus Matt
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:31 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Battle of Hastings 2014 -
Replies: 3
Views: 2564

Re: Battle of Hastings 2014 -

Is it definitely on then?

If it is, presumably it's a 'side to side' year rather than an 'up and down' year?
by Medicus Matt
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish Laws of Olde
Replies: 4
Views: 2123

Re: Scottish Laws of Olde

If so, then it could be argued that all three were ahead of the English . In what way? The laws of Æthelberht were written down in the very early 7th century, at least as early and probably earlier than the codification of the Brehon laws of Ireland. Like the Brehon laws it was presumably based on ...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60273

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:Aaaaand it's Clanranald doing the battle and village!


I thought that had been established by page 2?
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: I am about to add a new leaf to my history
Replies: 1
Views: 4793

Re: I am about to add a new leaf to my history

Henri De Ceredigion wrote:an 18th century cowpoke.


Aren't North American cowboys a 19th century thing?
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help
Replies: 4
Views: 2810

Re: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help

That would certainly be an interesting publication, but I do not believe that such a thing exists. . 8)I've got one. This one:- http://www.amazon.com/The-Saxon-Chronicle-A-D-1154/dp/1858910838 It's quarto size printed on good stock and is a reprint of Ingram's 1823 conflation of the various manuscr...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Ragged Victorians - 1840/50s
Replies: 16
Views: 5284

Re: Ragged Victorians - 1840/50s

Mark Griffin wrote:and not a bl**dy cog, tarted up nerf gun or pair of goggles in sight!



I knew there was something not quite right about them...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Getting Started- Roman Soldier
Replies: 5
Views: 7532

Re: Getting Started- Roman Soldier

Brand wrote:
Got riveted sleeveless mail already so that's one less thing. :


Only if you put sleeves on it. Late roman shirts had elbow or wrist length sleeves and were mid thigh or knee length.
by Medicus Matt
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Viking Age Cookbook
Replies: 4
Views: 6651

Re: Viking Age Cookbook

Interesting. Will it be published in paperback?
by Medicus Matt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Ragged Victorians - 1840/50s
Replies: 16
Views: 5284

Re: Ragged Victorians - 1840/50s

Splendid, absolutely splendid...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Getting Started- Roman Soldier
Replies: 5
Views: 7532

Re: Getting Started- Roman Soldier

Can't think of anyone in that part of the world doing 3-4th C. The Batavi do 4th and they used to have some people in the south, one or two in Hampshire I think. Britannia do late 4th/5th and they have a couple in Hampshire as well but nothing I can think of actually on the island. Kit wise, if you'...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: What's a good 17th century surname?
Replies: 8
Views: 8138

Re: What's a good 17th century surname?

The vast majority of English surnames that' are in use today?

Forenames change with fashion, surnames....not so much.
by Medicus Matt
Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: I have the Horn.
Replies: 3
Views: 5412

Re: I have the Horn.

Or you could just use a power drill, dolly mop and plastic polish from Cetem.

Depends how much work you want to put into raising a shine I suppose.

http://abcpolishing.co.uk/6-piece-plast ... shing-kit/
by Medicus Matt
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Saxon mail
Replies: 8
Views: 3357

Re: Saxon mail

What I meant is, the only decent analysis I've found is that page, which says it's accurate. So any more recent work contradicting that would be useful. Russ' page says this:- Saxon manuscripts at the time of the conquest show mail about the same length as the Gjermundbu example. Some have 'dags' t...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Saxon mail
Replies: 8
Views: 3357

Re: Saxon mail

If you have any sources refuting the dagged mail idea, I'd appreciate them :) Surely you've got that the wrong way round? Where's the evidence for them? The only 'evidence' I've seen is the illustrations in 11th century manuscripts (espec the Cotton Cleoptatra C VIII) of warriors wearing hip length...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Saxon mail
Replies: 8
Views: 3357

Re: Saxon mail

What is the evidence for dagged mailshirts? I thought it was generally agreed that it was a misinterpretation of depictions of what are now thought to be leather jerkins? Russ' page on mail is a useful synthesis of the evidence for mail types of the early medieval period. http://www.vikingsonline.or...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Belts and how many of them?
Replies: 5
Views: 2490

Re: Belts and how many of them?

Tod wrote: If any one offers you a fox tail to hang from your belt slap them then burn it.


Or send it to me.
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: 12th Century Cook Book "In the Works"
Replies: 8
Views: 8782

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

Very interesting, thanks for raising this. Please let us know if a publication date becomes apparent. including lamb served with a sauce made from costmary (a member of the mint family). . ...which contains substantial levels of beta-thujone, which might be one of the reasons it was used to flavour ...

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