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  • captain sandusky
    Aug 11, 2010
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      The Osprey books on the Polish Husars and Polish Armies discuss the fact that both cavalry arms (Pancerni-"Light Cavalry" and Husaria "heavy cavalry") were nobles and one of their primary weapons was the composite bow. There are several sources written in Polish that discuss the use of the bow in warfare.   Like most if not all countries during this time period to be a considered a noble in the Commonwealth it was required that you take up arms when called.  The Nobles felt it was beneath their dignity to serve in the infantry. Another thing about Poland during this time is that they had a higher percentage of nobles (about 10%) then most countries. The bow was used by the Poles into the early 18th century.  In fact many of the Nobles brought them on campaign during the "Northern Wars" which made many of the Western Europeans laugh.  I also think that the bow for a noble in Poland was as much about a "fashion statement" as anything else as the bow was put into an ornate bow case with an arrow quiver on the other hip.
      I am also waiting on a book about the Hungarian wars against the Turks during this same time period.  When I get home I will find the pages in the Osprey books that would provide a good reference for you as well as the Polish resources I have.

      --- On Tue, 8/10/10, John edgerton <sirjon1@...> wrote:

      From: John edgerton <sirjon1@...>
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: New article
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 11:54 PM

      I looked into Eastern European nobles and archery.  But, I could not a good source that clearly stated that some of the nobles used archery in battle.  If you know of any, I would greatly appreciate having them. I had to leave them out of my article, because of the lack of good source material. 


      On Aug 10, 2010, at 8:33 PM, jbl wrote:

      One thing to remember is the Polish nobility who comprised the cavalry (both heavy and light) of the Polish/Lithuanian Commonwealth used the composite bow. Russians and other Eastern Europeans as well. In fact the ability of a nobleman to shoot the bow was almost as important as "sword play" in these cultures.
      --- In SCA-Archery@ yahoogroups. com, Bill Abney <blackwolf66@ ...> wrote:
      > I would love to read this as well.
      > Meryk

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