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Category Archives: Living History

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.

The Schaffhouse Project

This is the other project. The Company of St George has invited me to take part in an event in Schaffhouse, in late July (yes, I know it’s just May now). And the prospect has me, frankly, terrified. For me this is kind of like someone who occasionally sings a bit being invited to perform […]

A New Project

So last weekend was at Wrest Park with the Beaufort Companye – although we were somewhat in disguise as just generic English troops, and not wearing the blue and white livery. Wrest Park had been our first experience with the Beauforts last year, and that’s one of the reasons I think I will be very […]


The Original Reenactors Market. I’ve heard about this for quite a few years, and to an Australian the event has a somewhat mythical aspect, some mysterious fair that only occurs at solstice every seven years in a stone circle. The reality is quite a bit more mundane. First, the location. Sort of near Coventry. More […]


I did say that I would try to write something each Tuesday after training at what is now The Sword, London, so here we go. More work on stepping and footwork last night, and it feels like it is starting to come together, although I must say it only feels natural to me with a […]


I popped back to the Wallace to have another look at the plates from Thibault that Dave R was demonstrating here. (and just spent 10 minutes explaining it all to an American actor) They key point of the plates for me is that Thibault’s turn is very much on the spot, but crucially is only […]


We are about to go on a tour of the Noble Art of The Sword at the Wallace Collection with Toby Capwell the curator, followed by dinner. Let me just say we like the Wallace greatly.

Bigger Steps

I decided last night as I took the train home from training (the training train?) that one way to help cement each evenings training would be to write about it. Simply recounting what we did will be of limited use, so rather I need to consider how I reacted to the training each evening. We focused […]

Swordplay ’11 From Around The Interwebz

There’s been some questions about how Swordplay ’11 went, so I’ll dump some quick links here to things that other folk have already said. To begin with, Chris Slee has done a great write up saying pretty well everything I’ve either already said, or was going to say. Which saves me saying it. Scott MacDonald […]