Fox wrote:I have a couple of genuine questions:
- Is the current estimate of Mary Rose bows as large as 190lbs, or are you just making a point?
- Is there any evidence to suggest that the bows on the Mary Rose are representative of typical medieval longbows?
- Does the data show a noticable improvement at such a very large poundage over other similar, but less powerful, warbows, say 140lb?
I ask those questions because the physics, I believe, would tend to indicate that increasing the power on a bow is an improvement of increasingly small increments.
But I know you warbow chappies keep making progress and learning more, and I find that regularly asking (and sometimes asking again) the stupid questions allows me to keep up with the new news.
Colin Middleton wrote:Surely the point about the warbows is that they were mass produced to hand out as needed during a campain. If that's the case, I would expect them to all have a similar draw weight.
We've debated the painted/unpainted thing on here before. I suspect it relates to wether the bow has a protective finish (wether 'varnish' or paint) or not.
EnglishArcher wrote: All the bows on the MR are within a few millimetres of each other in terms of dimensions, which points to standardisation of manufacture. However, variations between staves can lead to a significant difference in draw-weight and performance of the bow.
gregory23b wrote:If we take the distance required to shoot by statute - 220 yds or so, then any bow that reaches that distance with a measure of accuracy - to hit a butt, then the 'draw weight' (in modern understanding) of the bow is whatever it happens to be. I suspect that much lower draw weights can hit that distance, I know they can.
randallmoffett wrote:Found another requirement by Edward III ordering archery practice in June 1363 in the Close Rolls for 1360-1364, p. 534 while I was rereading my Thesis.
Seems Edward III knew the peace with France was already over by this point even though war would not technically break out until 1369.
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