Crossbow draw weight
Would anyone out there have documentation on the draw weight of the
common war crossbows used at Agincourt or Crecy? I've been able to find
information on the longbows, but nothing specific on the crossbows.
Archos Aleksei Zateev, OGGS
This is what I have found so far:
At Crecy, they were most likley using crossbows with composite prods
that were cocked using the stirrup and belt hook method. Modern tests show
these type of
crossbow would draw in the 300 to 440 pound range. The ligher ones requiring
one foot in
the stirrup and the heavier needing two feet.
At Agincourt, steel prods were in common use, and though their draw
weights tended to
be heavier than the composite bows, they were less effecient. Because of the
weights, more complicated methods were developed to cock them. Some of the
used were: levers (both wood and steel) the cranequin (steel crank) and the
windlass (ropes &
pulleys) I have not found draw weights for these yet, other than to say
heaver than the composite
ones of 440. I will keep looking.
I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, I'll do my best to
My sources are:
The Crossbow by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey
Iolo's First Book of Crossbows by David R. Watson
No ISBN on my copy
Can be ordered from author at http://www.crossbows.net/
Lord Dvalin Hrafnsson
Shire of Crystal Crags, Atremisia
----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan B Zdarsky" <aleksei1@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 10:10 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Crossbow draw weight
> Would anyone out there have documentation on the draw weight of the
> common war crossbows used at Agincourt or Crecy? I've been able to find
> information on the longbows, but nothing specific on the crossbows.
> Shoot Straight,
> Archos Aleksei Zateev, OGGS
> An Tir
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