Re: [SCA-Archery] Another holy cow at which to shoot, target faces. :-)
- AAhhh! What were the measurements of the rings?? 100 yrds at a 40cm target
is nuts. 60cm ..........maybe. No that's insane also.
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Another holy cow at which to shoot, target faces. :-)
>I was reading through Grimley's The Book of the Bow, and noticed the
>earliest reference I have found to the "modern" target face composed of
>four concentric rings with gold at the centre and red the next ring.
>The passage is on page 95 and quotes the rules for the shoot held on 14
>"... The Lancashire Bowmen held their meetings weekly, and it was on
>14th May 1673, that the first shoot for the Silver Arrow at Scorton in
>Yorkshire was held. This Match is still held annually. 'Such person,'
>said the Articles, Rules and Regulations of the first meeting, 'as in
>his due order and place, shall first pierce or break the Captain's
>prize, or any part thereof with his arrow, that is to say, so his arrow
>shall be within the circle, dividing between red and gold, shall have
>the Silver Arrow from the rest, and shall be esteemed and adjudged
>Captain of the Archers.' The target contained four rings 'aptly
>distinguished with colours, wherof the innermost circle being gilded or
>yellow, shall be for the Captain's prize.' Shooting was at 100 yds.,
>two dozen arrows being shot, two arrows at each end."
>Interestingly enough the same page also has the earliest reference to a
>"curse jar" I have seen:
>"... by a clause in their rules that 'if any one of them shall that day
>curse or swear in the hearing of the Company, and the same be proved
>before the Captain and Lieutenant, he shall forthwith pay down one
>shilling, and so proportional for every oath; to be distributed by the
>Captain for the use of the poor...'
>Some things never change, eh?
>"An archer does not aim, he kills."
> Bernard Cornwell, Harlequin
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