Re: About Armguards and such
- I am going to have to respectfully disagree on this point. Gerald never
describes the bow as being short. Most translations have it at rude,
uncouth, and stout. Stout means strong.
There is little from Gerald's description that lets us know its length
or how it compares to the more familiar English Longbow except that Elm
was favoured over Yew.
Pure speculation on my part but I believe that the Welsh bow was pretty
much an English Longbow and that's why we don't hear any more about it
other than Gerald of Wales comments.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, Lord Godwin FitzGilbert de Strigoil
> This also describes the bows that the Welsh were using, at the timeof Gerald of
> Wales writing of his journey across Wales, circa 1100. Where hedescribes the
> Welsh bow as short, rough and twisted as though made from severalbranches...
> describing the short elm bow.who never had
> It is indeed interesting to see the progress of archery in cultures
> contact with other, but yet their progress and day to day life, isstriking similar.