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videos-msg - 6/11/96

Medieval tutorial films.

NOTE: See also the files: movies-msg, CD-ROMs-msg, publications-msg,
SCA-library-lst, maps-msg, med-letters-msg.


This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that
I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some
messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.

This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium.
These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org

I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with
seperate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes
extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were
removed to save space and remove clutter.

The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I
make no claims as to the accuracy of the information given by the
individual authors.

Please respect the time and efforts of those who have written these
messages. The copyright status of these messages is unclear at this
time. If information is published from these messages, please give
credit to the orignator(s).

Thank you,
Mark S. Harris AKA: THL Stefan li Rous
mark.s.harris@motorola.com stefan@florilegium.org

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: sclark@epas.utoronto.ca (Susan Clark)
Subject: Re: Mailed feet (again...)
Organization: University of Toronto - EPAS
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1993 03:33:18 GMT

OK, I'll bite. I didn't see your original post, but I take it
you're looking for references to armoured footwear. I'm not
an armourer, but I have seen a terrfic video called "How a Man
Schall be Armed"...it's put out though the Tower of London musuem,
but I got my copy at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York. I'm
sure you could order it through one of these museums. Anyway, there
are nifty close-up shots of a man putting on 16th century armour, including
sabotons. BTW, there is a nother vido on the tape called "Masters
of Defence" which describes the beginnings of fencing.

Hope this helps...

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: uccxdem@okway.okstate.edu (David Mann)
Subject: New Show
Organization: OSU CIS
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 1994 16:08:12 GMT

Greetings to all.
There was a special on A&E last night called 'Knights and Armor'. It
was very interesting. They had the padding from a helm and a painted
German helm among discussions of the types of armor. They covered Chivalry
courtly love, tournements and castles. The show was 2 hours long and they
had the video for sale.

Marke (lusting after german helm)

From: mittle@panix.com (Arval d'Espas Nord)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Review: "Knights and Armor" on A&E
Date: 12 Dec 1994 15:48:56 -0500
Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and Unix, NYC

Greetings from Arval! Debra G. Boyce noted:

> Armor and Equestrian fans look for "Knights and Armor" on A&E this
> Sunday, Dec.11 at 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. Central time. TV Guide
> says"recalling the era of knights and chivalry, between the 11th and the
> 16th centuries. Included: the evolution of armor; the development of
> codes of behavior and heraldry." Could be interesting.

Overall, it was a good program. In two hours, it gave a fairly good short
history of knighthood and armor, including capsule discussions of courtly
love, William Marshall, the Norman Conquest, the tournament, the crusades,
the Arthurian tradition, the development of the castle, the Black Prince,
the Order of the Garter, and the Knights Templar, and heraldry.

On the plus side:

* it debunked a number of standard myths (e.g., knights in armor had to be
hoisted onto their horses; castles were cold, damp, and drab);
* it had some very nice pictures; and
* it was well-designed for the listener whose knowledge was limited to
mass-media images of the Middle Ages.

On the minus side:

* it presented a number of doubtful assertions and re-constructionist
interpretations as fact (e.g., heraldry developed in order to allow knights
in closed armor to identify each other);
* it used the same footage over and over;
* some of the film of modern re-creations presented highly innaccurate
images; and
* it was extremely Anglo-centric.

All in all, it is probably a good educational film for students with no
prior knowledge of the subject, but not much more.
Arval d'Espas Nord mittle@panix.com

From: errickii@aol.com (Errick II)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: A&E Knights and Armor
Date: 16 Dec 1994 16:40:19 -0500

Good day to all lords and ladys,

Kenric Veifinder Bjarnarson wrote regarding the A & E program Knights
and Armor;
>Can you post the particulars on purchasing the video. Some of us are
>living in the Dark Ages (I'm 9th C, myself ;-)), and don't have cable

For you and all others that have not the magic box of channels. Here is
the phone number to order the A&E tape.

$29.95 + $ 3.95 S&H
Credit cards only.
No CODs.
Price is higher in Canada, they did not list the price that price.

In Service
Errick von Falkenburg

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: sirjon@netcom.com (John Edgerton)
Subject: Archery video in Museum Rep. catalog
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 1995 02:05:01 GMT

I just received cat. 36 from Museum Replicas and noticed on the
last page of the insert, which comes between pages 38 and 39 a archery
video. The title is Archery, its History and Forms. It was writen by
Mike Loades and was most likely made in England. It was made by the same
group that produced The Blow by Blow Guide to Sword Fighting in the
Renaissance Style. I would like to add this archery video to my
collection, but would like to know if anyone has seen it and what their
opinion may be? Or if you are familiar with the Swording Fighting video
what is your opinion of the research and production quality of that?

Many Thanks

Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf John R. Edgerton
Esfenn, Mists, West Newark, California

From: arquebus@aol.com (Arquebus)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: Archery video in Museum Rep. catalog
Date: 8 May 1995 17:00:14 -0400

I havent seen the Archery video but I own the Blow-by-Blow video; it is
I also own their swept hilt rapier and dagger set and am well pleased with
the product, though it took several returns to get a good one.

From: epsteine@spot.Colorado.EDU (Emily Epstein)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: calligraphy videos
Date: 17 Nov 95 00:32:42 GMT
Organization: University of Colorado at Boulder

Greetings from Alix Mont de fer. I'm forwarding the following post from
EXLIBRIS with permission. Reviews of the tapes on that list are mixed, but
if you can borrow them through your local library, it might be worth the

-------------------------Forwarded message-------------------------

From tb3e@POE.ACC.VIRGINIA.EDUMon Nov 6 09:35:59 1995
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 1995 04:52:19 -0500
From: Terry Belanger <tb3e@POE.ACC.VIRGINIA.EDU>
Reply to: Rare Books and Special Collections Forum <EXLIBRIS@RUTVM1.BITNET>
Subject: Medieval videotapes

I have recently received a catalog from an outfit called FILMS
FOR THE HUMANITIES & SCIENCES in which three potentially useful
entries appear:

TEN GOSPEL MANUSCIPTS. This program introduces the Book
of Kells, the Book of Durrow, and the Cathach, the oldest
surviving Biblical manuscript. 26 minutes
THE BOOK OF DURROW. The Book of Durrow was written about
150 years before the better-known Book of Kells; its treatments
are more restrained and abstract than Kells. 26 minutes
THE BOOK OF KELLS. The origins of the Book of Kells are
uncertrain; it was written and illustrated around the year 800,
but the monastery where it originated has not been identified. It
contains the Latin text of the four Gospels, and portraits of the
four evangelists. The program no only shows but identifies the
faces and figures and explains the flamboyant decoration and
often witty symbolism. 26 minutes.

Each videotape is $90; you can get all three for $245.

Has any ExLibris subscriber seen any of these videotapes? does
anyone remember having seen them reviewed? does anyone know who
did them, or anything else about them? The series of three seems
to be known collectively as SCRIBES, SCHOLARS, AND SAINTS: THE
ART OF CELTIC MANUSCRIPTS; but the catalog is silent as regards
the authors/directors/presenters/producers of these videotapes.

Any advice would be much appreciated. [FYI, the address of Films
for the Humanities & Sciences is PO Box 2053, Princeton NJ
Terry Belanger : University Professor : University of Virginia
Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: 804/924-8851 FAX: 804/924-8824 email: belanger@virginia.edu
URL: http://poe.acc.virginia.edu/~oldbooks/

From: jgerke@airmail.net (Jeff Gerke)
Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
Subject: Re: A&E Video "Crusades" Anyone?
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 1995 19:45:21 GMT

Some nice person on another newsgroup gave me A&E's 800 number.
1-800-423-1212. I called. The series is available from them for
$59.95. It's a 4-tape series, and runs just over three hours (188

The salesgirl didn't know if A&E was going to rebroadcast the series,
and if so, when.


Newsgroups: rec.org.sca
From: dbullard@ivory.trentu.ca
Subject: Re: A&E Video "Crusades" Anyone?
Organization: Trent University, Peterborough
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 13:30:44 GMT

Alan G. <102256.3503@CompuServe.COM> writes:
>On and over with but don't dispair - they always repeat.
>I don't know if a copy is availabe but if someone else does please
>write me also.
>Alan G.

I have seen the tape of Terry Jones The Crusades for sale in the Barnes and
Noble mail order catalogue. It costs 59.95 . Best of all -- no Roger
Mudd trying to re-editorialize what Jones was tryuing to get across. THe
Barnes and Noble number is (800) 242.6657. They always have a good selection
of medieval books for history as well.

Mikhailo Zavadovsky.

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