Re: [SCA-Archery] Recurve Bows & Their Historical Use
- Thank you for this excellent summary argument. We've had this come up
in the past in our kingdom where someone of great influence was
asserting that only longbows were period.
> Historical and current use recurve bows made out of composite--
> materials were used by, among other groups, the Scythians, Hyksos,
> Magyars, Huns, Turks, Mongols, and Chinese. The recurve bow spread to
> Egypt, much of the rest of Asia, and the Middle East countries in the
> second millennium BC. Presumably Greek and Phoenician influence would
> have introduced the recurve form to the rest of the Mediterranean
> region. The standard weapon of Roman imperial archers was a composite
> recurve, and the stiffening laths used to form the actual recurved
> ends have been found on Roman sites throughout the Empire, as far
> north as Bar Hill on the Antonine Wall in Scotland. During the
> Middle Ages composite recurve bows were used in the drier European
> countries; the all-wooden straight longbow was the normal form in
> wetter areas. Recurved bows depicted in the British Isles (see
> illustrations in "The Great War Bow") may have been composite
> weapons, or wooden bows with ends recurved by heat and force, or
> simply artistic licence. Many North American bows were recurved,
> especially West Coast bows. Recurve bows went out of widespread use
> with the availability of effective firearms. Self bows, composite
> bows, and laminated bows using the recurve form are still made and
> used by amateur and professional bowyers.
> 2. Coulston JC. 'Roman Archery Equipment', in M.C. Bishop (ed.), The
> Production and Distribution of Roman Military Equipment. Proceedings
> of the Second Roman Military Equipment Seminar, BAR International
> Series 275, Oxford, 1985, 220-366.
> 3. The Great War Bow. Hardy R, Strickland M. Sutton Publishing 2005.
> ISBN-10: 0750931671 ISBN-13: 978-0750931670
> 4. * (1992) The Traditional Bowyers Bible Volume 1. The Lyons Press.
> ISBN 1-58574-085-3
> (1992) The Traditional Bowyers Bible Volume 2. The Lyons Press. ISBN
> (1994) The Traditional Bowyers Bible Volume 3. The Lyons Press. ISBN
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