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Bizarre.

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Shallowthing wrote:



Why?


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Was this about blowjobs? Sorry I´m a bit slow... and also quite drunk.


Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:04 am
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Last weekend I went to the annual KDF seminar at The Royal Armouries in Leeds. On the first day, I practised with with longsword and poll axe, and then attended a lecture on the history of late medieval German fectbucher and their use to the historical European martial arts community.

Here is the longsword I used:

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Here is the poll axe I trained with. It was the first time I've actually used a metal one, and it was interesting to watch the chips of wood fly whenever the blade thunked into my opponent's haft:

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This is my favourite photo from the lecture. The two chaps in plate armour are the current Leeds chapter master (on the left), and his former Nottingham counterpart (on the right), who trained me:

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The unarmoured fellow on the left is their German counterpart, who gave the lecture.

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On the second day of the event, I sparred with a longsword, trained with a quarterstaff, and spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon practising ringen - a new lock, a new throw, and a selection of dirty tricks inlcuding elbow-snapping, face-gouging and massive damage to the knee joints.

The photographic highlight of the day though was the handling session - we were escorted "backstage" in the Armouries and allowed to handle surviving historical artefacts from the period.

I'll start with my very favourite: A German two-handed sword from about 1400. 54.4" long with a 41.4" blade, weighing about 5lbs, and in a frankly astonishing state of preservation:

The weapon laid out on soft cloth:

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The hilt. Sadly the original pommel was lost; the one shown here is a modern replacement.

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A view along the blade, showing the triple fuller:

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Detail of the etchings on the blade:

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From left to right, they depict a longsword, a knight's tournament helm with ornamental horns, and a heraldic lion passant - although Thom Richardson (the Keeper of the Armour and Oriental collections at the Royal Armouries, who conducted the session) wryly and quite correctly observed that it rather more resembles an Airedale terrier. Even he couldn't offer a guess as to what the fourth mark is supposed to be.

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Cool pics!

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Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:29 pm
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For my birthday I dragged my long suffering missus around various places of interest (to me) in Sussex and some Neolithic sites in Wiltshire.

The Trundle - Iron Age hill fort that has a Neolithic Casewayed Enclosure in:

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Boxgrove Priory

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Silbury Hill. Neolithic monument. Largest in the world until the Great Pyramids were built.

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Here's the lass standing by it so you get the sense of scale.

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West Kennet Long Barrow

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Avebury

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Just to be even sadder than Shallow, here's some pottery. Windmill Hill type, so oldest in the country, and dating to around 3,500bc or so.

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Here's L standing on an Iron Age hill fort just north of Chichester.

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I can think of worse ways to spend a day.

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I'm not mentioning the pottery though. That's when L has to grit her teeth and pretend she's interested!

She also doesn't share my love of Norman churches. I don't even post those pics on fb, as I'm sure no one else gives a shit!

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Prehistory > History

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Warhammer > D&D


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She certainly wears the trousers.


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Okay history bores, I am asking for your help please;

Martin Guerre-esque historical death faking, and/or identity taking shenanigans?
As in, how easy would it be for a 15th century person to get out of...some sort of guild contract by fucking off elsewhere and having everyone else say they died? With examples.


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At Lawnchair's request. These are mostly images I found online, as the majority of the ones I took have my friends in them and thus can't be posted here.

The exterior of Leicester Guildhall. First constructed in the fourteenth century, then constantly added to and altered until the middle of the nineteenth.

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The Mayor's Parlour. One of the newest parts of the building, added in 1849.

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You can hire it out as a venue. A wedding had just finished when we arrived.



The Great Hall:

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Another shot of the Great Hall:

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The Recorder's Bedroom, on the left hand side at the very top of the stairs from the Great Hall. Apparently the original furniture was lost, so they replaced it with other period furniture in order to give a sense of what it should look like.

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A view down into the Great Hall, from just outside the door of the Recorder's Bedroom.

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The library was moved here from St. Martin's Church in 1632, and claims have been made that this is the third oldest surviving library in the country.

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The books are all over a foot high and several inches thick. Amidst the tiresome multi-volume commentaries on the Bible in Latin, we spotted works by Herodotus, Euripides and Thucydides, apparently either in original Greek or in Latin translations.

The only book out on display was this Bible, open to a page in the Book of Numbers.

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More of the library. The main surface of the table is carved from a single huge piece of wood, about ten feet long and maybe three across. The door to the Recorder's Bedroom can just be seen on the left.

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The Wikipedia article can be found here, which will save me paraphrasing swathes of it.

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oooooo ok those are very cool, thanks for searching them out Shal. I don't know how you walked away from those books in the library. I think I would have sat on the floor and spent as long as they'd let me reading spines and drooling. I'll check the link, thanks again.


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You're welcome, Lawn. I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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Today I went to Brighton Museum to look at and photograph the Neolithic pottery they have in storage from the Whitehawk causewayed enclosure (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitehawk_Camp).

Embarrassingly, the first reconstruction pot I picked up, made in the 1930s, but including original fragments, broke in my hand! Arse...

Still, I now have about 100 photos of bits of pottery to add to my collection of photos of bits of old pottery. That collection is now competing with my photograph collection of churches...!

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went here today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abney_Park ... n_the_park

the building in the middle particularly so,

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Few things that might interest some of you.

John Dee's probable resting place, St Mary the Virgin Church, Mortlake.

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One of the original parts of the church:

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Neolithic pottery and flints from Whitehawk Causewayed Enclosure, Brighton:

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Palaeolithic tools:

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Piltdown Man, famous archaeology hoax that fooled people for a long time. I think this is an example, rather than the real thing:

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Human skull, ape jaw. They've never proved who exactly did the hoax:

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Heads through the ages, one in middle is Neanderthal, one on right is Homo sapien. One on left is one I can't spell without checking, but it's something like heidelbergensis.

Oldest stone building in Brighton, with original parts (inside) dating to 11th Century.

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One day I will teach myself to date by building techniques, but here you can see two stages of flint - very close at bottom, which will be older, and sparser at top.

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My guess is 12th / 13th Century for this bit:

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