Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Seeking knowledge
- ***Cian's essay here is really interesting. I'll check out his new Yahoo
>I agree with Charles in that the longbow didn't really gain it's
> true respect until the late scottish campaigns; "halidon hill" c.
> 1333 (14th cen).
> I recently started a group to house images and links to English
> Longbow resources. groups.yahoo.com/group/english_longbow
> English longbowmen came in many flavors so picking accoutrements and
> uniform are up to a bit of interpretation. There was no
> true "standing national army" or uniform as we have in the modern
> sense of the word uniform. Garrisoned troups, and household archers
> would have worn matching livery to one another. But archers from
> nearby towns within the same shire might look completely different
> from each other. Levied troups would have been wearing whatever they
> owned, plus miscellaneous items supplied by the commander/levying
> disctrict or lord and perhaps a tabbard.
> To help yourself out, I would suggest you try to pick your personae.
> Not just time and location, but also what do you do? Are you a full-
> time glassblower that shoots arrows weekly due to Royal mandate and
> has taken on a position for the season as a levied archer because
> you couldn't afford to pass up the 6p a day? Or maybe you're on full
> time retinue with the local lord or township. Room and board
> provided as a "career" archer. A member of a mercenary group
> available for the highest bidder? An outlaw living in the greenwood,
> making your meat in the King's forest poaching? Narrow the scope and
> it will help you hone in on what accessories you will need.