Mail Armour Research for the Re-enactor

Here is a collection of useful articles, papers and resources for re-enactors looking to use mail armour. Whether you’re building from scratch or modifying commercially available mail armour, most re-enactors can benefit from some extra information on how their mail is supposed to work and how it should be shaped.

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Guildenstern the broken drawknife

Our story begins with two tools. Not, as one might expect, two chaps of less than impressive wit (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern spring to mind), but rather two actual tools. As in, metal ones. Our first contender is the humble froe (left). Plain and simple, but of stout constitution, the froe is designed for riving (that is, splitting) boards or shingles from logs. It is made to be struck, embedding it within the end grain of a piece of timber, before being used to lever the new board away from the parent log. By contrast, the drawknife (right) is keen and nimble, made for shaving timber pieces to shape and size.

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Blackboard Quote

“It seems to me that your table is like a chalkboard that children draw all over, wash down, and then start again”

Letter to Francesco Datini, 1395

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Australian 14th Century Groups

List of Australian groups dedicated to C14th living history, or multiperiod groups who cover the period:

NSW –
Einherjar
https://www.facebook.com/einherjar.nsw/
https://einherjarnsw.wordpress.com/
https://www.instagram.com/einherjar.nsw/

Full Tilt Jousting
https://www.jousting.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/Full-Tilt-Entertainment-1453323954…

Medieval Archery Society
https://medievalarchery.org.au/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/675317789211161/

Nova Hollandia
https://www.facebook.com/Nova-Hollandia-164323443202/

Company of the Staple
https://companyofthestaple.org.au/
https://www.facebook.com/CompanyOfTheStaple/

Wayward Minstrels
http://www.waywardminstrels.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WaywardMinstrels/

QLD –

Citadel Medieval Society
https://www.facebook.com/groups/14920669397

Company of the Dove
https://www.facebook.com/thecompanyofthedove/

Companie Draco Routiers
— https://www.facebook.com/companiedracoroutiers/

Eslite d’Corps
— https://www.facebook.com/eslitedcorps/

Order of the Gryphon
— (closed group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/109235579168546/

Historia
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1726259557388425/about/

Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/953468278107135/

Knights of the Long Dog
— (closed group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/377746788934982/

Knights Order of the Lion Rampant
— https://www.facebook.com/lionrampantAU/

Company of the Radiant Heart
— https://www.facebook.com/CompanyRadiantHeart/

SA –

The Blackharts

Victoria –

Black Griffins Traditional Archers
— (closed group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/191211534261504/

Glyndwr Rising
— https://www.facebook.com/GlyndwrRising

History Up Close
— https://www.historyupclose.com.au/
— https://www.facebook.com/HistoryUpClose/

Juvenis of Accendo Sarcalogos
— https://www.facebook.com/JOASBallarat/

Leongatha Medieval Society
— http://www.lms.asn.au/
— https://www.facebook.com/LeongathaMedievalSociety/

Military Equitation Australia
— (closed group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/780948682012352

Company of the Tavern
— (closed group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450264435224513/

The Free Companies inc. (The White Company)
–https://www.facebook.com/groups/254547156291

National:
Society for Creative Anachronism Lochac (AU/NZ)
— http://lochac.sca.org/lochac/
— https://www.facebook.com/scalochac/

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Picnic at Petersham Park

We had such a great time at the last picnic, that we’re doing a second one, but this time at Petersham Park, Petersham from 11am – 3pm.

Co. Staple and Friends will be meeting in Petersham Park for a pot-luck picnic, some hand-craft and talking all things C14th living history.

Bring a sandwich, or a plate, and come and say hi!

Modern clothes and picnic – not a period event.

Bring hand crafts, research materials or whatever C14th stuff you’re into right now.

It’s free, it’s kid friendly and it’s open to all.

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