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by EnglishArcher
Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17424

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

What is it with re-enactors and Type16s?! Here's Hector Cole's interpretation of the Towton arrowhead. It was once thought to be a Type16; but that may be by the same people who are convinced the Type16 was the most common military head, and they saw what they wanted to see. http://www.hectorcoleiro...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hanwei Viking Sword
Replies: 10
Views: 5150

Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Personally, I'd put the money towards a decent pair of shoes.
by EnglishArcher
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hanwei Viking Sword
Replies: 10
Views: 5150

Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

I guess it depends whether you want a SLO (Sword-Like Object) that you can bash the crap out of other people with; or something that replicates the behaviour and qualities of a period weapon.
by EnglishArcher
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: machine vs hand sewing
Replies: 14
Views: 2996

Re: machine vs hand sewing

Why are you lining a cloak with linen?

If you want the cloak for warmth line it with wool or even fur. Linen will keep you cool; probably not want you want from a cloak. Linen will also trap humidity, meaning it could take ages to dry, if wet.
by EnglishArcher
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17424

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

woodwatcher wrote:Perhaps they werent all pulling back huge poundage bows?


Why not?
by EnglishArcher
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Butts Lane
Replies: 12
Views: 3547

Re: Butts Lane

My understanding is that using the phrase 'butts' with archery has its roots in men taking their bows into the fields and shooting from one end of the field to the other. The traditional distance between butts in a field is one furlong ('furrow-long'?) - 220 yards. Coincidently (or not), this is als...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17424

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

He means block of archers, rather than lines, ie (possibly) shooting at a distance over the heads of the archers in front. Alluding to the various formations suggested by 'herce' etc. they are not linear but block. If they didn't or could not then that reduces the amount of actual arrows shot in on...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17424

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

The Type16 may well have been the most commonly-found head (but I dispute this) but the RA don't say where all these Type16s were found. Given that most major excavations are around urban areas, rather than battlefields, it is perhaps not surprising you would find more hunting / civilian arrowheads....
by EnglishArcher
Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17424

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

I agree about the 12 arrows per min BS, but here's the thing, waiting to see what you've hit assumes that all your archers have line of sight to the target... I must have misunderstood this. Are you saying that archers would be positioned where they couldn't see their target? Except in siege condit...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 17424

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

Having recently thought about making my own medieval canvas arrow bag,I began to do some research into them, but now finding myself a little confused. Most of the opinions that i have seen are very much based on the idea of the archer having a bag that has a leather spacer punched with holes in it ...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The 3 Shires 14th- 15th Cent
Replies: 21
Views: 3377

Re: The 3 Shires 14th- 15th Cent

What are peoples pet hates with regards to inauthenticity in a camp? Oh, you've opened the floodgates, here! My current top 10. It probably changes daily. In fact, it's changed three times before I even posted. 1) Baggy hose 2) 'Nobility' slobbing around in their underwear (but hey, they've got a h...
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The 3 Shires 14th- 15th Cent
Replies: 21
Views: 3377

Re: The 3 Shires 14th- 15th Cent

Learning how to QUESTION and learning how to LOOK are two skills that cost very little money; and can make all the difference.

And in many cases that's the main differentiator between the inspiringly-excellent groups and the laughably-awful groups.
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The 3 Shires 14th- 15th Cent
Replies: 21
Views: 3377

Re: The 3 Shires 14th- 15th Cent

Whilst I'm generally a belligerent, anal-retentive misanthrope, I have no problem with groups who want to dress up, bash about, entertain a (lay) public, and hopefully encourage a few of them to learn more about history. After all, re-enactment is a hobby for most of us, not an occupation. However, ...
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: General History
Topic: A question for archers...........
Replies: 10
Views: 4037

Re: A question for archers...........

I'd suggest you contact Mark Stretton, Chairman of the English Warbow society.

He's a Guild Master Arrowsmith and has done many years of study, both archaeological and empirical, on the metallurgy of medieval arrow heads.
by EnglishArcher
Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?
Replies: 8
Views: 4264

Re: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?

What are you attempting to prove or disprove? English Colonists in New England had a right rag tag collection of military equipment sent out wiith them. I'm not trying to prove or disprove anything. This pre-supposes I already have a conclusion and now I'm looking for evidence to support it (or dis...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?
Replies: 8
Views: 4264

Can anyone provide provenance for this image?

I found this image somewhere on the Interweb (can't remember where): http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k92/Glennan_Carnie/woodcut.jpg Can anyone shed any light on its origin? By the clothing I'm guessing it's early 17th Century. I have a sneaking suspicion it may well be modern and made-up, though. ...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers deformaties
Replies: 11
Views: 4007

Re: Archers deformaties

I wasn't being pejorative; more interested in what type of evidence in archeological record might be directly related to the wear and tear we can find in our most experience warbow archers. Understood; and not taken that way. :D As a heavy bow archer myself I'm understandably very interested in the...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers deformaties
Replies: 11
Views: 4007

Re: Archers deformaties

I recall that on a one of the TV documentaries (I think one of the Mary Rose ones, but I'm not sure) it showed Mark Stretton visiting a doctor, regarding a shoulder injury/deformity that he has, which is consistent with the one attributed to archers in archeological remains. I don't trust documenta...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: 190lb English warbow

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 dis...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: 190lb English warbow

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. It's not quite that simple. All the bows on the MR are within a few millimetres of each other in terms of dimensions,...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: 190lb English warbow

Randall, I know of no evidence of draw-weights being specified in any orders for bows. The only differentiator seems to be "painted" or "unpainted" - whatever that means. We could assume that the King's bows were made of superior - Spanish, Portuguese or Italian high-altitude - Y...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Archers Hunting Bracers
Replies: 9
Views: 3634

Re: Archers Hunting Bracers

Very, very nice!
by EnglishArcher
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: 190lb English warbow

When you get up to the military weight bows, the 'twisted body' is the only way to handle the weight. There are several (subtle) variations in how to achieve this; and most of them can be identified in period artwork. Rather than artists having some peculiar stylistic way of representing archers, I ...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: 190lb English warbow

Personally, I think the MR bows are fairly typical of military bows of the late medieval / early Tudor period; or the period where plate armour was prevalent. There is nothing to suggest they are extraordinary in any way.
by EnglishArcher
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: 15th Century Re-enactment. The Beautiful Company
Replies: 3
Views: 1538

Re: 15th Century Re-enactment. The Beautiful Company

Sign me up. I always thought I was too beautiful for this world. Now I have a place.
by EnglishArcher
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: 190lb English warbow

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...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

190lb English warbow

There are some who believe the bows on the Mary Rose must have been unfinished staves because of their staggering draw-weights. Here's a brief video of Joseph Gibbs demonstrating how to shoot a 190lb warbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nPNxTcaZPc Joseph makes it look remarkably easy; but he's im...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 4894

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

Just to clarify my post. What I meant was that bucklers mafe enitirely of metal did not really come in untill the C15th. I claim very little knowledge of armour history. What is the construction of the bucklers shown in the Tower Fechtbuch (MS I:33): http://www.parttimepolymath.net/Images/man2.jpg ...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: archery practice
Replies: 18
Views: 6642

Re: archery practice

seriously though This eleven score yards shoot would this be at your typical 128cm target? Nope. There were no 128cm targets. If I recall, the statute doesn't mention the type of target; only its distance. The statute mentions 'pricking arrows', which implies 'shooting at the prick' (I know, I'm wa...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: archery practice
Replies: 18
Views: 6642

Re: archery practice

This could be viewed as a encouragement to practice archery, but it also points to some drunken practice bouts, horsing about and ignoring Elf-n-safety legislation . . .


Of course, these days the warbow community would never do such things.

Nope.

Never.

Not even once.

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