This past weekend mia_mcdavid and I were part of colgaffneyis group at the Scottish
Ramble, held at the Landmark Center
in St. Paul.
I have started a daily “column” on colgaffneyis e-mail list. Continue reading
I had a delightful and informative e-mail discussion with smuzikant, mia_mcdavid, and S from colgaffneyis over lunch hour today and trailing off into the afternoon. We talked about how 17th century Scottish Highlanders would have reacted when sent into war on the European continent, and about cost, skill, and labor in making clothes in the era. This may seem utterly trivial, but we are all trying to understand how people deal with the world around them, especially when the world is very different from what we take for granted in the early 21st century.
See Princely Splendour: The Dresden Court 1580~1620. Scroll about 3/4 of the way down and see
Folding Multipurpose Tool, Nuremberg, c.1560-70. Continue reading
From 400-year-old Scots ready to reveal their battle secrets:
“A MASS grave of soldiers, including Scots, slaughtered during Europe’s bloody Thirty Years War is yielding up valuable information on how they had lived.”
Via Archaeology in Europe.
I have been reading Confederate Catholics at War: 1641-49, by Pádraig Lenihan. It is about the Irish part of the British Civil Wars. Quite a number of interesting points. Continue reading
This was the weekend of what colgaffneyis calls “Muster”–a reenactment training event for members. It was held on a lovely farm site just south of Mankato.