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by Tom H
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Outlaw
Replies: 11
Views: 3473

Re: Outlaw

Just read this after it was lent to me and told it was good. Not impressed. No great story, a collection of cliches really and several parts seemed to have been pinched from the recent BBC series! And as for Little John wielding a double headed axe and wearing an "ancient horned helmet"....
by Tom H
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: The Cheshire Prophet
Replies: 2
Views: 2267

The Cheshire Prophet

Having been doing storytelling at lots of events over the past 5 years I've been asked lots of times if I could compile them in a written format, so I'm starting to do this for some of my local myths and legends. I'm trying to write them so they read as if they are being spoken. I'm aiming to keep t...
by Tom H
Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Owl Killers
Replies: 2
Views: 1542

Re: The Owl Killers

I really liked this book. Maitland is great at creating a dark atmosphere which is certainly plausible, though I hope life was not always this bad. I'd agree that the plot is a bit weaker than Company of Liars, but I had fewer gripes about historic details with Owl Killers than CoL. If you take it a...
by Tom H
Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Medieval Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 806

Re: The Medieval Christmas

I was waiting excitedly for this book when it first came out, and generally I thought it is a good read, though there is general blurring of the term "medieval". The main gripe I had is to do with the mummers' plays. The author takes the type of plays that are still performed today and put...
by Tom H
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Meet the Boys from the Band!
Replies: 4
Views: 2298

Re: Meet the Boys from the Band!

Oh yes!! fantastic work. Any news on where their next gig is?
by Tom H
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Floor Tiles
Replies: 2
Views: 1962

Re: Floor Tiles

Lovely work, really great. I especially like the bagpiping pig. Well done!
by Tom H
Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Quick pronunciation question - Gjermundbu
Replies: 2
Views: 2082

Re: Quick pronunciation question - Gjermundbu

Thanks Thor,

Had a feeling it would be yourself who would help with this!

Cheers,
Tom
by Tom H
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Quick pronunciation question - Gjermundbu
Replies: 2
Views: 2082

Quick pronunciation question - Gjermundbu

I may need to say this word out loud soon! Can anyone write phonetically how Gjermundbu should be pronounced? As in the helmet. Thanks in advance.
by Tom H
Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on info for merchants
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Advice on info for merchants

Cheers chaps! Will look into these, my reading pile has been getting a little low, so this should help it grow again.

Many thanks,
Tom
by Tom H
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on info for merchants
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Advice on info for merchants

I'm aiming to develop my knowledge of medieval merchants and shipping in advance of an event at the Water Tower in Chester, overlooking the site of the medieval port. Does anyone have a suggestion of good books to track down or websites to look at? I've noted from the Reviews section on this site, t...
by Tom H
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carrying loads on top of your head
Replies: 16
Views: 4113

Re: Carrying loads on top of your head

Thanks Karen for the link to pictures collected on your site, very enlightening as always. Sophia, I've just returned from seeing the Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum, and queuing round the museum saw a film of men loading a bottle kiln carrying the saggars in on their heads exactly as yo...
by Tom H
Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: East Midlands early music
Replies: 2
Views: 2273

Re: East Midlands early music

I'd really recommend keeping an eye & ear out for Richard and Elizabeth York, http://www.richard-york.co.uk , as I type his events diary for 2010 is not yet up, but usually ends up with various events in the East Midlands as that's where he's based. Richard performs medieval, Tudor and later per...
by Tom H
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carrying loads on top of your head
Replies: 16
Views: 4113

Re: Carrying loads on top of your head

Thanks to everyone for their replies, much appreciated. Especially to Wulfenganck for a very very thorough and interesting response.

Now to have a try at balancing some things on my head, though I'm sure I'll use the basket on back most of the time...

Thanks again.
by Tom H
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carrying loads on top of your head
Replies: 16
Views: 4113

Carrying loads on top of your head

In the past week I have seen images on TV of people carrying large/heavy loads on top of their head in 4 countries; Haiti, Ghana, India and Indonesia, all current images and spread across the globe. I'm aware of the two women carrying pitchers on their head in the Luttrell Psalter, so just got round...
by Tom H
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enacting but not in fields
Replies: 30
Views: 6710

Re: Re-enacting but not in fields

Brilliant! Thanks again for replies & comments. Yes, I/we do get paid for these events and yes, we are doing them again in future, so you're right - although I won't get complacent! That said, there are one or two venues that I do events at in a voluntary capacity to support with their fundraisi...
by Tom H
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enacting but not in fields
Replies: 30
Views: 6710

Re: Re-enacting but not in fields

Thanks to all for replies so far - interesting to see what else is going on. Marcus & Guthrie, I agree with the points you both make about thinking it through in terms of the visiting public and what will engage them or capture their interest rather than a depiction of what would be typical for ...
by Tom H
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enacting but not in fields
Replies: 30
Views: 6710

Re-enacting but not in fields

Most of the living history events I'm involved with are based in historic buildings, not the usual tents in fields situation. I'm wondering who else does this regularly and in what settings? I think the approach does bring a building to life, but am looking to improve how we do it. For instance, in ...
by Tom H
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Workhouse Cookbook
Replies: 0
Views: 722

The Workhouse Cookbook

Peter Higginbotham, The History Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7524-4730-8 Recently finished this and greatly enjoyed it as well as learning a lot. I've used the author's definitive website on workhouses for years now, but this book is by no means a simple revisit of all that. The theme of food is perfect ...
by Tom H
Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: V and A Instrument Gallery Closure
Replies: 4
Views: 2257

Re: V and A Instrument Gallery Closure

That is bad news. I don't get down to London that often, but had this on my list of things to see next time. Never seen it before, never will now as I won't get there in February. It was the main part of the V&A that would have interested me. At least from the article it seems some of the items ...
by Tom H
Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rylands Medieval collection online - manuscripts
Replies: 4
Views: 1235

Re: Rylands Medieval collection online - manuscripts

Yes, very nice. Partly makes up for their curator "expert" talking about The Forme of Cury on local news the other night and saying how expensive spices were used to hide the taste of gone-off meat... :roll:

No doubt will prove a useful resource, thanks for sharing it.
by Tom H
Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Pipeand Tabor Iconography - pics and carvings
Replies: 6
Views: 2315

Re: Pipeand Tabor Iconography - pics and carvings

I play various bagpipes and have been on a similar quest for these instruments in churches etc, though there are several websites to help. Recently though I have been visiting all the medieval churches in my area, Cheshire, to take pics of all the musician carvings. Still 2 churches left for me to g...
by Tom H
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadd & Nerve Cloth?
Replies: 8
Views: 1630

Re: Sadd & Nerve Cloth?

Thanks Master Jarvis and Merlon Master Jarvis: You're quite right to suggest checking meanings of words, especially when only different by one letter, but in this instance I am sure it is the word sad rather than said. But thanks anyway, as I already had re-visited the meaning of the word nerve. Mer...
by Tom H
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: !5th century dances
Replies: 4
Views: 2543

Re: !5th century dances

Try Eschewynge of Idlenesse by Gaita, which is book of dances and companion CD from on the Gresley Manuscript, c. 1500. I've got this and very good it is too. They've also done a more recent book and CD called Whatsoever You Will, which I haven't heard but features European dances from late 15th cen...
by Tom H
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadd & Nerve Cloth?
Replies: 8
Views: 1630

Re: Sadd & Nerve Cloth?

Still looking for any clues on this one.... I've found a bit more out. It would seem that the nerve part does not mean striped/banded as I've seen suggested but rather "new" as in neuve/neuf. I've recently found a couple of references detailing the permitted cloth colours in England in 155...
by Tom H
Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How did medieval people imagine clothing of earlier eras?
Replies: 8
Views: 1844

How did medieval people imagine clothing of earlier eras?

I'm familiar with various late 14th & 15th C depictions of the crucifixion etc with Roman soldiers wearing full plate as that was what was familiar at the time of the carving/painting. But have started to wonder whether there were examples of what a 14th century person may have considered authen...
by Tom H
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadd & Nerve Cloth?
Replies: 8
Views: 1630

Sadd & Nerve Cloth?

I'm interested in reconstructing a livery coat for a Chester Wait, (civic musician), and, although I can base the shape on examples illustrated elsewhere, the colour is more of a problem. There are various records of payment for cloth for the waits coats, but only one describes the cloth itself and ...
by Tom H
Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mapping Medieval Chester
Replies: 0
Views: 554

Mapping Medieval Chester

For the many re-enactors in Cheshire, and for those interested in medieval towns and cities, have a look at the fairly-new website for the Mapping Medieval Chester project, http://www.medievalchester.ac.uk There's still one or two issues with all of the maps showing at once, but the essays, texts an...
by Tom H
Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Living History: Tableaux or Presentation
Replies: 10
Views: 3033

Definitely a topic I have been thinking about a lot recently too. I'm in the position of being an event organiser as well as being a re-enactor and have to think about how this will work for the visitors to the event. I think what Hazy is suggesting is about right and seems to fit in with my experie...
by Tom H
Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pomanders
Replies: 9
Views: 3158

The pomander recovered from the main deck of the Mary Rose, (the only one on board) was carved from boxwood in the shape of an orange studded with cloves. So that's a fairly good indicator that such things existed in 1545.
by Tom H
Mon May 11, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Medieval music connected to the Santiago pilgrimage.
Replies: 6
Views: 3350

For sacred music, try Compostela ad Vesperas Sancti Iacobi, which is the Vespers of Saint James, from the 12th century Codex Calixtanus. Recorded by Ensemble Organum, see naiveclassique.com Very atmospheric. Although it's not specifically for Compostela, more the Holy Land, have you got "On the...

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