Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] medieval arrowmaking
> And your answer to the question of Agincourt
>I have read conflicting reports written by very literate people of the
>period as having anywhere between 25 to 50 thousand French and several
>hundred to a few thousand English. Contemporary 20th century military
>scholars who after counting the actual divisions that they knew were
>employed have estimated that it was between 10 to 15 thousand French
>against about 1 to 2 thousand English. But the actual true answer is:
>unknown. The documentation conflicts and all that we really know is that
>the English were greatly outnumbered.
>Medieval census taking was notoriously wrong. Recounts of battles are
>notoriously exagerated, and although they seemed to count just fine when
>it came to commercial exchanges, they did seem to have a problem with
>overstating numbers to flesh out a story or a census. Of course we can't
>be so "cocky" about how we count, the election ya know.
Aah. 'Tis of a truth you do speak. I know of which you refer. (sorry,
Midsummer's on Cinemax) Try to get a head count of the fighters on the
field at Pennsic............ and this in an age of people who are known to
be able to count.