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by Alan E
Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Lanterns
Replies: 1
Views: 703

I'll bet the electric bulbs are special, if they're authentic reproductions of medieval ones :shock: :D
by Alan E
Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow pull weights
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

"Huge quantities of strings shipped IIRC, maybe it is that they changed strings more frequently than we do (I know that mine doesn't get changed most seasons)." Well, dakron was in short supply then ;-) Nock size would at least give us a basis, IIRC the Westminster abbey arrow is knocked,...
by Alan E
Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow pull weights
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

"Edit: The string, yes: How did they make stringto take that draw-weight? Was the way linen was made different? Is it possible to make linen string stronger than that made from commercially-produced linen fibre now?" They were likely to be at almost complete end of their tolerance, not fa...
by Alan E
Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow pull weights
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

It has also been argued that the MR bows are heavy as they were trying to compete with firearms and also may have been shot with the feet rather than conventionally. I'd agree that the first is a possible point - the second (IMO and that of some heavy-bow shooters I know and know of) seems rather l...
by Alan E
Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow pull weights
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

Yes (largely) - MR = Mary Rose, but other finds from different eras are discussed. Agreed regarding these possibly representing an elite. "Many men in medieval England were capable of shooting bows from 150-200 pounds "; my first reaction would be "Please define "many""...
by Alan E
Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow pull weights
Replies: 14
Views: 2690

But given two equally well-made bows, the stronger can shoot a heavier arrow a given distance.

Best current estimates of medieval (well, Tudor, since they're based on the largest collection of extant bows - the MR) bow weights is probably those found in Strickland and Hardy's 'The Great Warbow'.
by Alan E
Thu May 24, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: General History
Topic: eating knives
Replies: 15
Views: 2677

Was the practice at meals still to share a platter and assist each other with servings? If that was the case, women may have used the knife provided by their dining-partner, in the same way cups were shared (still?).
by Alan E
Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Voice of the Middle Ages;Personal letters 1100-1500.
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

Behind? Nonsense! Why should "this noble and most mighty nation of Englishmen, of their good natures, are always most loving, very credulous, & ready to cherish & protect strangers, yet that through their good natures they never more by strangers or false teachers may be deceived" ...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 17032

:idea: A ghostly voice just spoke to me :!: :shock: Told me he lived in MudEvil Times and Never Washed :x Said that meant he had to BURN his underlinens twice yearly :oops: Which made great fire-lighters :!: And is why we'll never find find evidence of them :cry: Sorry :D
by Alan E
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11563

Before 1423 it should have been latin then?

So now I just need to learn the Lord's Prayer in latin?
by Alan E
Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11563

Above X-posted

No that isn't taking a name in vain :roll: :lol: :wink:
by Alan E
Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11563

Shouldn't it be more Ave Maria, gratia plena Benedictus tu in muriabilis et benedictus fructus tu Ave Maria Mater Dei Ora pro nobis pecatoribus Nunc et on hora mortis nostre (spelling neither modern nor medieval, but that's without looking it up) As in: Would it not be a latin rite regarded by many ...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11563

...[snip].... would I want all medieval reenactors to do the same? Of course not (although you would get me several hundred years off of Purgetory if you all converted-just in case you had it in mind). Well, for a few months off maybe :P Could you explain to us non-Catholics just what we should hav...
by Alan E
Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11563

...snip... re 'glorifying' of something you don't like or believe' I would say a fair portrayal is not necessarily a glorification of it, if anything it can be enlightening, after all we are not meant to judge our forebears by our modern standards. :shock: Oh yes we are :!: :!: :!: Judge :!: Be Mor...
by Alan E
Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille fastenings
Replies: 37
Views: 3302

Yep Erik is the Mail Man :P ... apparently there is/was something happening with GDFB, then Erik thought it was filling through (didn't get his tools back when expected or something). Recently he has hinted of a less bank-breaking version of his mail being available soon due to changed methodology o...
by Alan E
Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille fastenings
Replies: 37
Views: 3302

May I be pendantic for a moment Alan, we actually get on already, we just choose to be argumentative and bickery. ;-) I am assuming Nigel still likes me..... :P Sure, in the absence of any common enemy - that's what made me think that re-enactment might be involved :D Colin, Oakeshott's 'Archaeolog...
by Alan E
Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille fastenings
Replies: 37
Views: 3302

In summary:

A bunch of pedants who'd actually get on very well together if they had a common enemy in sight (SCA for example?) falling out over a simple misinterpretation of each other's position :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

:idea: Not re-enactors by any chance :?: :lol: :lol: 8)
by Alan E
Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

In fact there is a reason not to use the horrible victorianism 'Chain Mail' (apart from the fact that the blasted Victorians should be blamed for every inaccurate myth regarding medieval history :twisted: ): Along with Chain Mail, the Victorian students of medieval armour decided that 'mail' meant a...
by Alan E
Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:14 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11563

We did the herb stuff years ago in schools and it always went down really well with the kids - in fact, it was the bit they always liked the best. I've always wanted to work up a 'cunning woman' act, but never even made a start. I guess you'd stir up various prejudices, etc, and it is hard to resea...
by Alan E
Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dragons breath
Replies: 26
Views: 4691

Personally I think we should find some land somewhere, build a fortification of various sections from various dates, like a 16th century earthwork in one corner, a medieval wall in another, etc. Then leave it a year for the lime mortart to set somewhat. Then come back with dozens of cannon and batt...
by Alan E
Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:03 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Topical one. The Bowmen of England
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

It is rather out of date for its subject though!
by Alan E
Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Resource: Authentic and cheap methods and recipes
Replies: 77
Views: 46532

Anything orfentik for dying leather blue guru?
by Alan E
Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Purple Carrots
Replies: 15
Views: 3782

Marcus, next time ... don't leave the rye bread to go mouldy :twisted:
by Alan E
Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Please get your e(n)tymology right OOPS
Replies: 42
Views: 5475

I thought Poleaxe was derived from its usefulness for striking Poles ... in their sleds, on the ice ... :twisted:
by Alan E
Sat Aug 05, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 7065

"full gown and kirtle" According to 'A History of Private Life' (Georges Duby Ed.) "A woman at home, no matter what her station, was likely to wear a gonnella (fourteenth century) or a gamurra (fifteenth century, also known in Lombardy as a zupa ); it was a simple wool tunic with sleeves (which afte...
by Alan E
Sat Aug 05, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Distressing Costumes
Replies: 14
Views: 2561

OOPs This raises a question, am I being too keen washing and bleaching our linens every time (only using ecover powder and ecover bleach at 40*C same as for his polycotton work shirts, has about same effect too). :? His shirts are OK though stained around the collar, his coifs are hopelessly grubby...
by Alan E
Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille Standard Padding
Replies: 17
Views: 1629

Soaking mail in tea won't rust it - tannic acid will cause a surface reaction that resists rust (used it on my aventail). Just linseed oil it afterwards (and let that dry before you wear it).
by Alan E
Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nearly Nalebound Socks?
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

surely if people want a naalbind sock then that's what they want, not a cobble together/that's almost but not quite one. If they take a long time to do, then they should cost to reflect that and if people can't afford it then they'll have to save up. You don't hear armourers suggesting making the b...
by Alan E
Tue May 09, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 7065

Of course what we're comparing people's movement to, is the digital recordings our ancestors left lying around, allowing us to analyse their way of walking, sitting etc... :twisted: :lol: ...or riding manuals,dancing texts, deportment books, etiquette books, fencing manuals and all manner of physic...
by Alan E
Mon May 08, 2006 4:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 7065

Of course what we're comparing people's movement to, is the digital recordings our ancestors left lying around, allowing us to analyse their way of walking, sitting etc... :twisted: :lol:

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