> I confess myself stood corrected regarding dyes. All I have to do now
> is to dig out that source I read a couple of years ago, and place it
> somewhere very warm where there are red, flickering things.
tis me humble opinion ye should never burn a book- even if it be wrong- it
can always be used as an example of what not to believe.....
> Of course, I never said that the plaid as a piece of clothing did not
> exist prior to the seventeenth century.
sorry, i think that was in response to someone else's statement....i tend
to combine responses without realizing it...also my apologies for not
using the native languages, I'm a hopeless beginner...
>It has, in fact, been the > cause of many a Scottish defeat, as it was
not only clothing to the > Scottish warrior, but also his shield, which he
wrapped about his non- > fighting arm (being left-handed, I am sensitive
about left and > right!) when he entered the fray. If victory came in the
first day of > battle, it was secured, but even if the Scots got the upper
hand, if > the battle carried on into a second day, the army began to
shrink as > these "shields" got hacked to pieces and the warrior found
himself > naked on an inhospitable, cold, wet glen, with neither clothing
nor > defence. >
while the great kilt was used as a shield, it was not easily hacked to
pieces; even a razor sharp sword would have to saw through a layered,
woven, coarse cloth of wool. it is very effective in close-up fighting
hand-to-hand combat and such....it is not a difficult move to trap an
opponents weapon with material and then pull him close for the killing
shot. but something should be considered: during battle many a Scot used
a targa (battle shield with a up to a sharp 12 inch point sticking out the
middle) or went with only their sword and a bit o' the blue paint swirled
on his face and belly-- *sans clothing*!
although i do have a wee bit of the scotch in me blood, i would still
consider anyone a coward (clothing, weapon or no) that turned and ran from
a fight on a battlefield if there were downed men that had clothes on and
weapons lying around that could be used (unless the odds were absolutely
hopeless-say 50 armed and armored knights against one peasant?)
(and if the peasant had a weapon I'd bet on the peasant!)
> I hope I got THAT one right. I don't want to burn all
my books! >
again, don't burn it, keep it for the reference of what isn't!
may i recommend *the Celts* by Gerhard Herm.......and *the key* by John
by the by, clothing won't stop an arrow...or a bullet for that matter....
T Bug & D Bug
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