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We have within our fair kingdom a Lady who works in a library. Once a month
or better she sends a collection of SCA related links to the Æthelmearc
list. Peruse at your liesure and see what ya find.
Brad Boda d'Aylward
Subject: [SCA-AE] Links: Medieval Archery
>This week's Links list is on Medieval Archery. It is NOT a repeat of last
>year's Medieval Archery Links list. Many of those links are no longer with
>us. Instead I started my search from scratch, and due to a recent request
>for images, included a few links with historical images at those sites.
>I hope that, now that archery season is gearing up, you'll all find
>something useful to use in the list. As always, please feel free to pass
>this list along wherever it will find interest.
>Aoife, dusting off her bow
>Medieval Archery Homepage
>(Site Excerpt) This site is dedicated to traditional Bow shooting.
>A first part is focused on medieval Archery; a second part on the history
>Archery throughout the world; a third part concerns various informationthe
>about Archery, such as types of games, reviews books and films, an
>English/French/German glossary, calendar of our activities, links, etc ...
>SCA Archery Homepage
>Lists interkingdom archery choots, archery websites, archery lists, etc....
> Interkingdom Combat Archery Competitions
>On Target Online!
> The official
>An Tir Royal Archer
>Web site magazine
>Making Flemish Bowstrings
>(Site Excerpt) General Instructions for Crafting the String
>Prepare and Cut Bundles
>Using the table and formula above, prepare and cut the bundles of B50 to
>appropriate length. (It is assumed you are making a traditional two-colorof
>Flemish string. Keep the strands of the same color in their own "bundle".)
>Regia Anglorum Anglo-Saxon Archery
>(Site Excerpt) One of the most common arguments against bows is 'If they
>were at all common why have we never found many?'. At first this seems a
>valid argument until you consider that from the period of the longbow's
>greatness ( c.1250 - 1500 AD ) not one bowstave 1, of the tens of thousands
>known to have been produced, has survived. Indeed, until the discovery of
>the Mary Rose, we had no medieval bows at all. It is therefore quite
>surprising to consider that from the first millennium somewhere in the
>region of 40 - 50 bowstaves have survived with traces of many others having
>been found. As with most weapons finds, most of these come from pagan grave
>finds, but they can give us a very good idea of the type of bow in use
>shortly before, and probably during, our period.
>THE PHYSICS OF
>(Site Excerpt) Don't let the word 'physics' put you off - read the article
>for an insight into how modern science can help us understand the history
>the weapon we now use for sport (and ignore the formulae if you must!) Itis
>generally believed that the main factor responsible for the English victoryto
>at the battle the Agincourt in 1415 was the longbow. Gareth Rees describes
>from a physicist's point of view why we believe this simple weapon was so
>The Plantagenet Medieval Archery and Combat Society
>Traditional and Medieval Archery Links
>Traditional & Medieval Archery Association at the University of Missouri
>(Site Excerpt) Our purpose is to promote local research of historic archery
>activities & practices, and to provide members and guests the opportunity
>engage in archery activities, both historic & modern.at
>Yahoogroups Medieval Archery
>Medieval Archery on Ebay
>Three items found: Three replicas: A Quiver with arrows, a cross bow, and a
>3 Rivers Archery Traditional Bows and Arrows
>The Archery Center: The specialists in field, traditional, and re-enactment
>Wolfshead Bowmen Medieval Archery Group
>(Site Excerpt) Based in the "1066 Country", our headquarters can be found
>Michelham Priory,near Eastbourne, East Sussex,where meetings and practicehistorical
>shootings are held on the first and third day of each month, where
>applications for new membership are welcome.
>Wolfshead Bowmen have appeared, as extras, in several film and television
>For further information contact the club secretary here:
>Welcome to the official site for Wolfshead-Bowmen.
>The premier medieval archery group.
>Eric's Archery Page
>The bowyer's home on the web
>(Site Excerpt) The focus of this site is primitive/traditional bow making
>Sticks and Stones Primitive Archery
>Make Your Own Crossbow
>Medieval Longbow at AEMMA
>(Site Excerpt) AEMMA through a partnership with the Canadian Association of
>Ancient and Medieval Archery and the Royal Ontario Museum continue the
>research and development in the resurrection and reconstruction of medieval
>martial arts now extends to the realm of medieval longbow. The longbow is
>constructed in the traditional manner of a minimum of 5' 6", of a
>authentic "D" cross-section in which the shooting style is by aninstinctive
>method not incorporating artificial aids such as scopes, arrow rests ora
>SCA Juried Merchants List: Archery
>(Site Excerpt) Feudal Archers was formed in February 1998 by an experienced
>group of re-enactors, as a living history group based on the period 1135 to
>1216, spanning the reigns of four kings--Stephen, Henry II, Richard I and
>John.Although the accent is on archery and our members are all skilled with
>the bow, Feudal Archers aims to present a full picture of the times with an
>authentic campsite, wood fire, cookery, crafts and, at suitable locations,
>working replica ballista (siege engine).Archers
>The Bow Magazine online
>Silver Flower Company of Archers
>(Site Excerpt) Though "Compagnia del Fiore d'Argento" (Silver Flower
>Company) is only of recent constitution, its members - archers andalready
>swordsmans - are active (individually or through other associations)
>from many years in the fields of re-enacting.can
>Longbow Archery 'unplugged'
>(Site Excerpt) Good things about these longbows:
>Single piece of timber, genuine self bow.
>The bow bends through it's entire length.
>You can fee the limbs move in your hand.
>No "handle". (detachable lace up leather grip)
>No arrow shelf. (with the leather grip)
>Tested by shooting 500 arrows.
>Horn limb tips can be added - but you don't need them. The timber is "as
>hard as the hobbs of hell".
>They're tough. You could, if you wanted to, throw this bow as far as you
>and pick it up and shoot it ...... without having to readjust anything.were
> "Not so good" things.
>No components to blame for a bad shot.
>If you have one you will be mobbed by people saying, "Wow, that's
>You might miss out on conversation because a White Fox longbow shoots so
>quiet others might forget you are shooting next to them .......
>....... except when you hammer arrows into the gold and other archers will
>envy you for using a longbow style from 600 years ago.
>Mary Rose Ship Find: Archery and Bows
>(Site Excerpt) The longbow was the English weapon. Most other countries
>changing to using guns, but the English loved the longbow. Boys startedthe
>training to use the bow at seven years old. They weren't allowed to play
>football, they had to practice their archery!
>A paper on the Battle of Agincourt, a battle which utilized considerable
>numbers of archers to claim victory.
>Medieval Archery and Crafts webring
>Bibliography for The Hunt (medieval hunting sources)
>(Archery A to Z)
>(Site Excerpt) Actual Draw Weight
>The measured or calculated draw weight of an Archer.
>eg. a marked bow of 30 lbs. at 28" draw when used by a person having a 27"
>draw length will have an actual draw weight of 28lbs.
>(a 1" difference in draw length will make approx. 2 lbs. difference in draw
>To superimpose a sight pin on the centre of a target or, when not using a
>sight, the placement of the tip of the arrow on a particular point for a
>A combination of points to which the bowstring and/or index finger of the
>drawing hand are drawn to on the face and neck.
>Primitive Archer Magazine
>Precision Arrow Matching
>by Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, R.C.A.,R.C.Y
>(Site Excerpt) If you have a set of properly matched arrows you can greatly
>improve your archery scores. Most archers think that if they buy a set of
>matched wood arrows from a supplier that they are fully matched. However
>arrows are only matched in weight (within five grains), diameter (all fivethat
>sixteenths or eleven thirty seconds, etc.) and spline (within five
>pounds-twenty five to thirty or thirty to thirty five, etc). So you see
>they are not matched exactly.national
>The Medieval English Longbow
>by Robert E. Kaiser, M.A.
>(Site Excerpt) From the thirteenth until the sixteenth century, the
>weapon of the English army was the longbow. It was this weapon whichhistory
>conquered Wales and Scotland, gave the English their victories in the
>Hundred Years War, and permitted England to replace France as the foremost
>military power in Medieval Europe. The longbow was the machine gun of the
>Middle Ages: accurate, deadly, possessed of a long-range and rapid rate of
>fire, the flight of its missilies was liken to a storm.
>Some Speculations on the Nature of Longbowstrings
>by Philip D. Hartley
>(Site Excerpt) So much new information is now at hand concerning the
>longbow - that remarkable weapon which is English so much a part of English
>history -- that the whole study would seem to have reached a new level of
>understanding. Even so, as often proves to be the case in matters of
>and archaeology, answers to long-standing questions bring further questionsstarts
>in their train, and the exact nature of the longbowstring of the early and
>mid-XIVth century is just such a case.
>Ten Basic Steps in Archery
>(Site Excerpt) The following sequence of figures shows the basic steps of
>shot execution. Although it is depicted as a sequence of separate events,
>you should execute these steps in one single smooth motion.
>Also keep in mind that these are Basic steps, individual adjustments are
>possible, but these are usually given by the instructor/trainer.
>Magyar Traditional Archery
>A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF HUNGARIAN ARCHERY, PART I
>by Chris Szabó
>Hungarian Archery - Revival of a long lost tradition
>© Csikos Balint
>Reconstruction of the Niya Bow
>Archery Games on the 'net.
>Includes links to archery clubs around the world.
>Medieval Bookstore's The Medieval Archer
>(Site Excerpt) This is a classic on the subject, being first published in
>1986, and having been reprinted several times since then. The author
>with a chapter on attitudes towards archers in the middle ages and thenquite
>proceeds chronologically from a few Anglo-Saxon references on through the
>This page is entirely in French but shows an archer detail (my french isn't
>good enough to tell you what the source is).
>Book Reviews: The Medieval Archer
>(Site Excerpt) This book traces the history of the archer in the medieval
>period from the Norman conquest to the wars of the Roses. It opens with a
>definition of the different kinds of bows in use and challenges the usual
>assumption that the "longbow" was a new and devastation weapon used only by
>the English armies from the late thirteenth century onwards. The book
>continues with a chapter on twelfth century battle tactics, (something
>rare in historical texts) following on to the Battle of Agincourt.tunic
>This site retails medieval and historical coins. One of the images is of a
>coin with an archer depicted with bow and quiver---I found it by doing an
>image search using the search term "medival archery." I'm not sure how to
>point out the exact image, so if you don't want to search through the
>lengthy page but want to see the image, email me directly and I'll forward
>the photo of the coin to you as an attachment.
>Horace Mann's Medieval War, Warfare, Weapons, Armor, and Castles webpage
>I include this webpage for the simple reason that there is a medieval
>illustration included in the article of a Turkish Archer shooting in
>The Medieval Welsh Archer (an article on Welsh Costume)
>(Site Excerpt) The accompanying Welsh archer (graphic omitted from Links
>list) is to be found in a 13th. century manuscript . He wears a simple
>with a cloak in thin material over his shoulders and appears to haveremoved
>a shoe to aid his grip on the greensward. One must assume that his strangebut
>hairstyle and miniature bow illustrate the limitations of the artist!
>Robin Hood Society
>(Site Excerpt) Historians and researchers have a range of views but
>generally believe that
>Robin Hood was alive around the thirteenth century.
>The earliest reference to Robin Hood is in William Langland's poem
>"The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman" which was written in 1377.
>The poem says: "I do not know my paternoster perfectly as the priest sings
>But I know the rhymes of Robin Hood and Randolph, earl of Chester".
>Farther dwon the page is a link for the Khazaria Image Gallery, and the
>sample image is of an archer.
>This Robinhood website has a Robin Hood Screensaver, A Robinhood Picture
>Gallery, and lots of Robin research. Some of the images are historical.
> CONSTRUCTION OF A MEDIEVAL ARROW, & Other Considerations. . .
>Prepared by HL Peregrine Elric of Courtenay, AIR, CTC, CGP, CSH
>(Site Excerpt) Many changes came about between 600 and 1600 A.D., but arrow
>use and construction remained relatively constant well into the twentieth
>century. Spears, archery, slings, and catapults were the primary weapons
>available that reached beyond hand to hand combat in the literal sense -
>for this treatise we will explore only the western European and English---8<---------------------------------------------
>arrows of our later period. I will address the following: Woods used,
>length, fletching materials and how they were applied, construction and use
>of points, and nocks. By no means complete, I hope that this will give you
>enough information to be able to construct an arrow accurately
>representative of the period of our study.
>(Site Excerpt) From bottom to top:
>From Kindrochit Castle, Aberdeenshire; from the site of Flodden; from
>Craigmillar Castle, near Edinburgh; from Hunthills, Roxburghshire;
>National Museum of Antiquities, Scotland.
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