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Hi Need all the help i can get please

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:07 pm
by DeMeer
Hi All,

Not sure if this is the right place to put this but here goes anyway. I'm in a 13th century re-enactment group and this year for the first time we are starting to do living history. I would like any help or advice on what kind of floor coverings they would have had in tents also info on beds and bed coverings and did they decorate the inside of the tents. Basically any info whatsoever.. not asking much am i... :lol:

Thanks

Sharron

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:14 pm
by Vermin
Hi



First question is what status are you (or wanting your tent) to represent ?

floor covering for tents

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:11 am
by jelayemprins
I want to say sheepskins so I can go and shoot myself....

:D
Sorry - see previous post on the subject.

All through the Middle Ages rushes were used to strew on floors of buildings. so were strewing herbs.

Straw, bracken, hay, perhaps animal skins but not lovely fitted groundsheets thats for sure!

jelayemp....

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:55 am
by DeMeer
Hi,

Thanks for your replies. We do a 13th century tournament so i guess the living history side would be camp followers any retinue they would have taken with them. Like i said we are totally new to all this so any help and advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Sharron

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:44 pm
by Phil the Grips
If you're doing tournament then you'll be at the very top, or certainly close, of the tree status wise- lots of posh cloth, tapestries, furniture and everything else you can squeeze in to show off your wealth as you are portraying the historical equivalent of a Formula 1 team, with likely rushes on the floor for comfort.

No less expensive to do today...

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:55 pm
by Fox
Phil the Grips wrote:If you're doing tournament then you'll be at the very top, or certainly close, of the tree status wise- lots of posh cloth, tapestries, furniture and everything else you can squeeze in to show off your wealth as you are portraying the historical equivalent of a Formula 1 team, with likely rushes on the floor for comfort.

No less expensive to do today...
...except where do you sleep the staff?

While it might be the case that soldiers slept rough on campaign some of time, wouldn't you sleep at least some of you're better class of servants/staff under canvas?

If that was the case I would expect a range of tentage.

I admit complete ignorance on this, so I'm really only suggesting areas to research or questions to answer.

Paul Murphy might be worth a PM, he seems pretty knowledgable about 13th/14thC type tournees.

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:43 pm
by Phil the Grips
Fox wrote: ...except where do you sleep the staff?
In the adjoining house/staff quarters/town hotel/hunting lodge etc or in the stables with the horses (tournaments require horses too, don't forget, until the C17th). It'd be unlikely that the main dudes would kip under canvas too no more than Jensen Button would kip by the track at Silverstone.

Tents nearby would likely be no more than "pitstops" to continue my analogy- trackside temporary structures to provide shelter.

Of course you may have to fudge this for reenactment purposes as most of us have too for modern practical reasons in which case, to get back to the point, canvas covered in rushes'd be a decent compromise.

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:51 pm
by DeMeer
Well Thanks Phil & Fox for your comments,

We have already purchased a tent and the first time we will use it will be in Caernafon Castle in April where we will also being doing the tournament. We have been doing tournaments for the last 35 years but some of our group wanted to get into living history.

So thats where we have little if no experience and just wanted to know what floor covering should be on the tent floor did they decorate the inside of the tents. what kind of beds and covers on the bed did they have and basically like i said before all help and advice is most welcomed.

So thanks to the peeps who have helped so far :)

Sharron