An update: In February of 2015 Gerald lost his fight with a long illness. He was a friend, a mate and a true gentleman. I shall miss him a great deal. All of our love and friendship to Edna and Adrian Thorpe.
Every once in a while you come across someone who is just a comfortable person to know. I think the term "old soul" is a good way of expressing it.-Which is probably better than saying, Life's kicked the stuffing out them on a regular basis, and as a result of sheer survival, and of age... they now manage to avoid the daily pitfalls that litter life's path.
What does any of this have to do with Heraldry? Glad you asked. As one of the members of The Fellowship of the White Shield, there is a man known far and wide throughout the UK. His name is Gerald "Ye Herald" Thorpe.
Gerry as he likes to be called by his mates, has been active in the Medieval Reenactment Community in Britain for over 40 years. He has worked with just about everyone, from SCA groups, to living history, and the British movie industry. He has made props for films, worked as a production designer.
Gerry with his son Adrian, Actors Richard Brimblecombe and Brian Blessed.
Recently he has finished several pieces. Two shields for the William Wallace Foundation. His banner for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee is a wonderful creation.-However space here is limited, and more importantly for those who have access to Facebook, you should take the time to see his work, and judge it for your self. My mate Gerry is a true Modern Medievalist. I am heartily glad to have made his acquaintance.
His Facebook address is:
*I though that it was time to make an comment in regards to photos here on Modern Medievalist. All photos shared, are the intellectual property rights of those either profiled or posting under the banner of-Modern Medievalist. I will do my best to only share those photos that have been graciously gifted to this blog. To that end, Thank you Gerry for allowing me to post your work!
All my best!