Re: History channel-Arms in Action
- On Wed, 9 Feb 2000, Mat Kerbouchard wrote:
> From: Mat Kerbouchard <trj@...>The Bow program was on my local History channel last night at 6:00 PST,
> Ok John have made sure of the listsings here? I have checked the history chanel and foun nothing of
> this. I am in the east so the time zones are as mine. maybe your history channel is different from
> I do want to see this but I can find it nowhere ion the listings.
> Lord Mathurin Kerbouchard of the shire, Isle du Dragon Dormant.
> Northern Region, East Kingdom
there may be local exceptions.
- Keith Noseworthy wrote:
> From: Keith Noseworthy <ar727@...>
> Their website is http://www.HistoryChannel.com/
> Speaking as one of the cable-impaired... was the show any good? Do you
> think it would be worth purchasing?
There was a lot of speaking with hushed breathlessness about the romance
of the longbow. A fair bit of decent footage of re-enactors doing
Agincort (sp?). (trying to avoid showing the modern field points on the
arrows, I saw at least one.)
I'm not sure the description of the benefits of the Mongol bow were
clear to anyone that didn't already know them.
The segment on Japanese mounted archery was new and different for me, I
learned some things. They did seem to dwell on the scaring-away-demons
aspects a bit much.
The crossbow segment was interesting but not highly informative. They
never really hit the fact that while the windlass and cranequin (sp?)
crossbows had a low rate of fire, they were exceptionally powerful.
Leaving the viewer to assume the only advantage of the crossbow was that
you didn't have to grow up shooting one to be any good with it.
There was some nice insight into the social ramifications of having
trained archers vs. trained crossbowmen.
Overall, a little more media silliness and a little less real
information than I'd have liked. But worth the hour to watch.
Three stars out of five
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