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PostPosted: Mon 24 May, 2004 7:03 am    Post subject: Irish, Scottish, English Ren Armies         Reply with quote

Thanks for these articles, Nathan! They're especially timely for me because I just finished hafting my Albion "Kern" axe and was wondering if perhaps this actually represents a Gallowglass axe. Dürer shows it in the hands of a Kern, but Kerns are most commonly associated with the bow and darts. Plus, Kerns CARRIED Gallowglass weapons and armour. Gush seems to interpret the Dürer axe as an example of the classic Gallowglass weapon simply borne by Kern attendant. That might seem like a trivial detail, but contemporary sources record the length of the Gallowglass axes, and that information makes for a more accurate replica.
This is just another example of how myArmoury.com is building links between collectors, historians and the manufacturers of replica arms and armour, improving everybody's understanding. Outstanding work!

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PostPosted: Tue 25 May, 2004 7:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Agreed, George Gush has produced yet more excellent articles. If I may make one inquiry: the Scottish are described wearing tar-stiffened leines are a form of armor. I have heard this elsewhere, but have never found a source, either primary or secondary, to describe this material and its manufacture in detail. Does anyone know of such a thing?
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