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by StaffordCleggy
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Who Really beat Napoleon
Replies: 32
Views: 7354

That is something else we are arguing about. I maintain that (from what i have read) the French Army was degrading thoughout the Revolutionary/Napoleonic Era to the point that Bonaprte was reported to have said of one of his Generals at Waterloo that he could only manoevre his troops in column &...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Who Really beat Napoleon
Replies: 32
Views: 7354

ok! :oops:
by StaffordCleggy
Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Who Really beat Napoleon
Replies: 32
Views: 7354

Let's not forget that - whilst the British heavy cavalry destroyed themselves in their insane "Onwards to Paris" charge after ripping apart an entire French Divisional attack - Bonaparte must bear some of the blame for sending said French attack forward without adequate, nay ANY, form of c...
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Contracts -soldiers
Replies: 15
Views: 2468

My understanding (limited as it is) was that your common man was obligated to serve his King through the ancient 'fyrd' system of Anglo-Saxon times, a system that continued in a rough form down throughout the centuries. Originally a 'soldier' would not be paid for his obligated service until he left...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15077

Scottish Independence isn't in any way offensive to me, quite the contrary in fact. What is offensive is the burning of my Nation's flag as part of some obscure point making. What is also rather offensive (& not just to me) are the points on the SnG website that claims Scotland for "Ethnic,...
by StaffordCleggy
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15077

I think the 'hostility' that Arkadian has felt was directed towards him is, in a large part, because of his previous posts about Bannockburn & his political leanings towards his idea of Scottish Independence & the whole flag burning offensiveness that we waltzed around some months ago. I wou...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15077

<sits down, pulls up chair & opens a beer...> :wink:
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Joining the Blore Heath 2007 pics club...
Replies: 8
Views: 2168

Ooh, i can see me for once! :lol:
by StaffordCleggy
Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

Simon - you'll need it for Blore - your Yorkists this year :D And Blue/Murrey, Blue & white, Red & Black - Red all bets covered - now wheres my fence? Is the show and the spectacle the thing or we bloods and cripps? Aghh! Now you tell me! How the hell am i going to get our lot into murray &...
by StaffordCleggy
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

Personally i can't see why anybody would have a problem with making & wearing a simple bend of whatever colours, but i've had this conversation with certain posters on this thread (off line) & i believe there is a certain amount of resistance to the idea of wearing owt that isn't 'my livery'...
by StaffordCleggy
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

Personally speaking, i have a livery coat that i wear around camp (when we are portraying part of the Stafford Household) & a livery jacket that i wear over my armour. That's simply because the jacket is way too big to wear without the padding & armour underneath, that's just me though. Bend...
by StaffordCleggy
Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

There is also reference to Sir John Paston being required to bring men for service with his retained Lord (can't remember whether it was Suffolk or Norfolk right now) & the quote "and ordain them with jackets of my livery". Paston was expected to fund this outlay & would presumably...
by StaffordCleggy
Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

Marcus, that's a difficult one to answer as the period is split between the Fed, L&M & the MSS groups. Fed & L&M groups tend to be members of both organisations so don't double up, but i believe there are Oxford & Stafford groups within the MSS (don't know for certain as i'm not ...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

Dave, if you are attempting to portray a household unit of soldiery then yes, a proper livery would be correct i reckon. After all Mrs Paston did aske her husband John 2nd whether she should buy some scarlet cloth/if her husband would buy some scarlet cloth as the servants needed new livery gowns. M...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9639

For those (like me) who are in 'named household' groups you should - in theory - have your own livery, an English Livery & possibly a generic one ALA Murray & Blue for York or Red & Black for Edouard Prince of Wales (Lancaster). Doesn't have to be a whole livery either, a simple bend ove...
by StaffordCleggy
Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Team / House Liverys for Recognition
Replies: 149
Views: 76461

lidimy wrote:Were the Stanleys fighting for the Yorkists or Lancastrians?


Whatever side happened to be winning!
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making armour shiney
Replies: 37
Views: 5556

I have a grinding & polishing set up at work.

The MD usually catches me cleaning my armour the monday morning after an event.... :oops:
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 14397

Remember folks, the whole film wasn't aimed at British (of any description) film-goers, it was aimed purely at ignorant colonials with an over-romanticised view of their own family history. These 'Scottish Americans' really want to blame the English for everything (& they do) because it is much ...
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 22287

"Thrice damned Papists! Spawn of the Anti-Christ! Just a pack of ring-leaders, every one of 'em!" :wink:

Must admit, portraying a C17th Puritan preacher does have it's attractions...
Hmmmm.


"Devil-take-the-children-of-the-sinners Clegg" Has a certain ring to it... :lol:
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 22287

Marcus, i suspect that personal levels of Faith would vary as much as they do today - albeit with a higher level of 'background radiation' if you catch my drift. By that i mean that whilst religion was a far more integral part of everyday life for the community in a way that it simply isn't today, t...
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 22287

The first time i personally came across sectarianism was when we all went up to Windermere for a party one night. All set up 'camp' on the lakeside when one of our party who was from Lisburn picked up a stick & marked out a big circle around us. When asked what he was doing (he was rather drunk)...
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 22287

I can't actually imagine that there would exist a group whose leadership would demand that you take part in a 'religious ceremony' that was disturbing to you. Or am i missing something? As far as i am concerned, when i meet the idiots i'm Catholic when they are orange scum, & Protestant when the...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15c order of service
Replies: 25
Views: 3270

To be honest, i reckon doing a proper Mass wouldn't hold the interest of either the public or the re-enactors themselves. I'm no expert on the Catholic Mass but i would suspect it would go on far too long for this current crowd - lack of attention span perhaps? :wink: something could be done though,...
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15c order of service
Replies: 25
Views: 3270

After having been to several Catholic weddings & unfortunately two Catholic funerals i can heartily agree!

Mind you, a full Orthodox Ukrainian funeral takes some beating, especially when you haven't a clue whats going on....
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15c order of service
Replies: 25
Views: 3270

Not sure I like the idea of people "reenacting" a real service. Marcus, not trying to be funny or owt mate, but what is the difference between someone 're-enacting' a C15th religious service, & the Pagan religious ceremonies you observed when being a 'Celtic' re-enactor? If it is beca...
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: White wines in the C15th
Replies: 6
Views: 2066

Aye, i read Karen's excellent links above, but ta for the concise overview! :D
I really don't think i would want to drink what passed for wine in most households after reading all this!
by StaffordCleggy
Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: White wines in the C15th
Replies: 6
Views: 2066

White wines in the C15th

Were they popularly drunk in England in the C15th?

God knows why i'm posting this, apart from the fact i'm well into a bottle of the stuff!
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Square Tents
Replies: 16
Views: 4817

Try Victor James - our group recently bought one off him for use as a cook tent, although i can't actually remember if it has a pyramid roof.
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion Silk
Replies: 16
Views: 1847

Now that's the point here. The stuff i'm looking at is from Dunelm, & has hardly any slubbs in it & is reasonably finely woven. The kit level would be middle-class, not Nobility... ?
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion Silk
Replies: 16
Views: 1847

Dupion Silk

What is it?

Is it suspect for C15th use?

(We have found a limited supply at £6 per metre, but don't want to spend money if it's useless to us!).

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