Jonathan Davies read history at Cambridge before a long career in teaching, primarily in Tudor institutions. He has followed the route of the First Crusade in an ambulance, completed the Pilgrimage to Santiago twice and for the past 20 years has led a re-enactment group specializing in siege artillery. A prolific author and journalist he has written widely on aspects of medieval and Tudor military and civilian life. His next project is to build an early 16th-century bronze cannon. He is survived by a frustrated wife, a bemused daughter and a bewildered son.