Making a Knife Blade

Ingvar Gråhök explains how he made his own knife blades I decided to see how hard it would be to make a knife. Doing this in a 100% medieval style is not easy to do in the home, since finding raw materials in period qualities is hard. But, in this day and age, you can find good materials by a little bit of searching. I decided that O1 tool steel would be my material of c...
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Thamesreach at the International Rapier Seminar

  By Cecily Arderne Two Thamesreach fencers, myself and Lord Guy de Dinan, attended this year’s International Rapier Seminar in Godalming, in April, in order to improve and test our skill with the sword.   This weekend-long training event and tournament involved fencers from many different schools – and indeed countries – so it was a great opportunity to learn how ra...
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Early Music in Spring 2017

There are lots of opportunities to hear (and make) medieval and renaissance music at all kinds of interesting venues within our shire in the coming months. The events listed all include at least some "SCA period" music, sometimes in a mixed programme. If you're feeling inspired to sing, the Thamesreach Minstrels practice regularly and perform at our revels and other event...
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Guy’s Journey around pre-1600 London pubs pt 3

Ye Olde Mitre, Barnet. This is a delightful survivor of the coaching inns that used to line the St-Albans-London road. Not much is known about the origins of this pub, originally three inns that eventually merged together, although there are records of a brewing licence dated from 1554. This date is questioned as there are 14th and 15th century timbers within the building str...
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2016 Fighter Practice off to a great start!

Dalston Kingsland has been invested with SCA fighters and fencers. As the evenings grow lighter, half a dozen rapier enthusiasts have been drilling and sparring alongside the armoured fighters, warming up in readiness for the new season of events. If you would like to join us, whether veteran or first-timers, then visit our Martial Activities page.
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Guy’s Journey around pre-1600 London pubs Pt 2

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese With Emoni and Milada, I checked out this famous period pub. A pub has reputedly been on this site since 1538, and hospitality was associated with the site prior to that when it was part of a local priory. The Cellars are reckoned to be part of that Carmelite establishment. Destroyed and rebuilt due to the Great Fire of 1666, the pub is now a warren o...
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Guy’s Journey round London pre 1600 pubs Pt 2

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese With Emoni and Milada, I checked out this famous period pub. A pub has reputedly been on this site since 1538, and hospitality associated with the site prior to that when it was part of a local priory. THe Cellars are reckoned to be part of that Carmelite establishment. Destoryed and rebuilt due to the Great Fire of 1666, the pub is now a warren of sm...
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Guy’s Journey round London’s Pubs Pt 1

Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead Heath Founded in 1582, this Inn is near Kenwood House, and is situated opposite an old toll gatehouse, creating an infamous bottleneck for modern-day traffic. Be careful on the northern side of the road, as you literally need to time your jump round to the entrance with the rate of cars coming behind you if you have walked up form Hampstead. Legenda...
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Early Music for the Festive Season

The churches, concert halls and music schools of this our city and Shire have much to offer in the way of early music during the festive season. These all include at least some pre 17th century music, sometimes amid a mixed programme. THUR 3 DEC, 7.30pm Mediaeval Baebes: Christmas Tour, Of Kings and Angels St James's Church, London http://www.mediaevalbaebes.com FRI 4 DEC, 7...
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