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Help looking for information on hand guns

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:43 pm
by James The Archer
I'm looking for information and images on Tudor hand guns, all I keep finding on he web is carriage cannons, anyone got a good link or can recommend a good book to read.
Thank James

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 4:30 pm
by Hraefn
search(Image and text) for wheel(l)ock, matchlock and arquebus, that should bring up some bits.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 5:18 pm
by Dave B
My reasearch has been a little earlier, largely up to the end of the medieval period. This chap has done some interesting research. not sure I agree with all his conclusions but he has some interesting sources and a load of links at the bottom.

http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~dispater/handgonnes.htm

There are lots of books that have a little bit on the subject, but typicaly it's a page on medieval, a page on tudor, then start properly with the civil war. I liked Martin Peglers 'powder and ball munitions'.

Stuart Peachey (historical management associates) has one of his little pamphlet books on the subject, and again I don't agree with all the conclusions but the sources are good.

The royal armouries at leeds have quite a lot of tudor firearms. Not too many of them are on display at the moment, but if you get in touch you can make an apointment to meet with a curator and see others. There might be some down at fort nelson as well. They did some research copying a tudor matchlock muskets and the test firing it against armour with bits of dead pig in, for the royal armouries DVD on firearms. I've got it somewhere, but I'd have to dig for it. it's good, although not as good as the one where they were test firing repro mary rose cannons. there is also some tudor stuff in the royal armouries book 'Weapon'

Speaking of the mary rose, the mary rose museum has some excellent tudor handguns and info, I think there is some good stuff on their website, and again you can phone up, ask for the relevant curator and get more info.

I can probably lend you some books and DVD's if we are likely to meet at some events.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 5:21 pm
by Dave B
Oh, and by the way, I don't think we've met, but you've met at least one of my toys, the Iron tiller gun that Fox took to Bodelwythan to suplement your cannon display.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:22 pm
by James The Archer
We have meet, and I've seen your toys before, and they are lovey toys too.
Intresting site with other links.
Like you I've got lots of books but they don't have much info on early match locks.
Are you going to Rufford this weekend?

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 9:17 pm
by Dave B
Sadly no. a new (4 eeks old) addition to the family means that we are sticking to events close to home. will be at tatton, or tewkers.