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from the collection published by Parliament in the reign of King George III)
Law of Henry I, whereby an archer at practice who accidentally kills a man is
not to be held for murder or manslaughter. The first official encouragement of
archery, and to be found in Archaionomia, Laws of Henry I, Cambridge,
Henry III’s Assize of Arms. All males between 15 and
6o years of age shall keep arms including bows. See Stubbs’s Select Charters,
Statute of Winchester or Winton. Edward I confirms the
provisions of the Assize of Arms.
All servants and labourers are to have bows, and
to practise with them on Sundays and holidays (Richard II).
Regulations for the making of serviceable arrowheads (Henry IV).
Aspen wood to be used for arrows only, and not for pattens or clogs
Aspen that is not fit for arrows may be used for pattens (Edward IV).
Merchants are to bring into England 4 bowstaves with every ton of goods imported
The price of yew bows is controlled at a maximum of 3s. 4d.
are to import 10 good bowstaves with every butt of wine (Richard III).
Price of yew bows again set at 3s. 3s 4d. (Henry VII)
To encourage the import of good bowstaves, Customs Duty will not be
levied on staves longer than 6 feet (Henry VII).
The use of crossbows forbidden to all except Lords and
well-to-do freeholders (Henry VII).
To encourage the diminishing exercise of archery, every man up to 6o years
old, and every man child, shall have and use long-bows; and bowyers shall be
compelled to reside in. such localities as may most require their services
The Statute of Hen. VII is to be enforced (Henry VIII)
More legislation against crossbows (Henry VIII).
The acts against crossbows partially relaxed ( Henry
-And now enforced again (Henry VIII).
-And again (Henry VIII)
The provisions of Henry VIII are
confirmed, and rules for regular shooting practice laid down. Houses for
‘unlawful games’ played to the detriment of archery, are prohibited (Henry
Orders for the keeping of bows and arrows by all the population (Philip and
Imported yew bows to be sold for not more than 6s. 8d. Bows of English yew for 2s. (Elizabeth I.).
The Statute of Edward. IV is re-afirmed.
Repeal of the arms provisions of the Statute of Winchester (James I).
The duty on bowstaves to be £4 for 120 (Charles II).
An Act for ordering the Forces in the several Counties
of the Kingdom. The prescribed weapons are swords, pistols, muskets, and pikes.
The bow is not mentioned, and as a military weapon is now dead (Charles II).
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