Differences between types of Longbow

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Differences between types of Longbow

Postby Mark Griffin » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:52 am

I'm just going through the Tower inventories for the 14th cent and although I was looking at armour I've noticed that the many purchases and issueings of bows break down into mainly two categories namely white and painted bows. Any ideas?

Why is a yew bow (if thats what they are) be called white and some painted? And painted with what?


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Re: Differences between types of Longbow

Postby Phil the Grips » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:13 pm

It's usually interpreted as "varnished" and "unvarnished".


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Re: Differences between types of Longbow

Postby Mark Griffin » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:37 pm

Thought as much. Weirdly, lances are not usually described as such (just painted or varnished) and furniture, beds especially, when described as white seem to indicate a lighter, presumably softwood, not lack of paint. But thats an academic assumption.

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Re: Differences between types of Longbow

Postby Phil the Grips » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:38 pm

Terry Brown covers the varnish/paint issue in his "English Martial Arts" book when it comes to bills kept in storage- it may provide further leads.


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