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Category Archives: Living History

On “fencing”…

“So you do fencing then?” Sigh. Yes, that question again. How best to explain what I actually do? Let us set a scene. It is important that you, the reader, try to place yourself into the first person view here, and enter this scene. After all it is 2016, and VR is The Next Big […]

The Perfect Shoe

I’ve been thinking about shoes lately, specifically shoes for HEMA. Now, for any chance of deciphering this rambling rant, the reader needs the context. When I was young and more foolish than I am now, I buggered up my right knee. This was not a world changing, oh my god there is blood everywhere kind […]

York To Towton

The march to Towton Work pressures and logistical problems meant that I did not get to do the inaugural (well, second, technically) march from York to Towton in 2014. This year we did make it, and on reflection it feels like after many years my kit – our kit – is almost complete and correct. […]

The perfect (sword) bag

One day I will be happy, because I will have found the perfect bag to carry everything in. Meanwhile, I remain miserable, making do with a mixture of bags. The problem really is not that there is not a range of good bags for carrying HEMA gear. The problem is one of context. Sometimes I […]

Shoes Sorted Out

Thanks to Peter from Plantagenet Shoes, I now have a lovely pair of his 15th C buckled knee boots. While his waiting list for new orders is quite long, by a stroke of fortune he had a pair already made, and has had my feet in his records (as it were) from when he made […]

Resource List

I don’t know how up-to-date this is, but Ian from HRW set me on a Google search which showed up http://www.histrenact.co.uk/traders/medieval/traderlinks.php which I did not know existed. Tonight I’ll start grovelling over it, although Ian has recommended Cloth Hall for wool.  

Shirt!

Yes! I do have enough of the decent linen to make another shirt. I may make an arming cap at some stage too.

Project Progress

I was out of communications range over the weekend, but made some notes. While I could not communicate with anyone, I was able to re-read the costuming guide more deeply, and have a think. 4 May 2014 13:53  Quite frustrated at not being able to get any reliable connection – or power – at the moment, […]

Some Background

An explanatory note around my apprehension about being a guest of Company of St George. There are two aspects. To begin with, in Australia the Company has a hallowed reputation, and is seen as the unobtainable gold standard for re-enactment. This was partly driven by the publication of the Dragons, and the ‘Medieval Soldier’ book. […]

Project progress.

I’m feeling a bit better about my prospects today, having been able to go some distance to sorting things out. I will build a project page on my main website to keep track of the project and update frequently here. Having said that, this weekend I will only be intermittently connected to the web.