The Women and Lecture Examples
In Europe there were many accounts of women taking up arms to defend their towns and villages and we have lots of documentary evidence to show that they were quite successful. Gunners would often crew their guns with their families so as to keep the wages.
She wears a Salleta and a company tabard on top of her normal attire of a linen shift (not cotton) and a linen kirtle. If she could afford it or steal it from a corpse she would also wear body armour such as a padded jack, mail shirt or brigantine.
The Company has many specialists who can give highly accurate detailed lectures on a range of subjects, both military and civilian. A good example of this is our “Wise woman / Herbalist / Apothecary” who can lecture on period life, medicine from the Middle Ages to the English Civil war, the use of herbs and herbal remedies and the changing roles of women in the Middle Ages. She is pictured in a blue dress above with a selection of her equipment and dressed as a peasant woman.
Another example is Phil Quallington. A leather worker of some renown Phil reproduces leather artifacts from all periods of time with incredible attention to detail. Museums such as the Mary Rose in Portsmouth have commissioned his work to use in their displays. Phil can give both practical demonstrations of his craft and more static lectures and displays. He is pictured here with a small selection of his work.