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Re: [SCA-Archery] Recurve Bows & Their Historical Use

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  • 'Merry' Toirdhealbhach Mirywoder Lutre
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 15 3:15 PM
      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.

      raykelly21 wrote:
      > 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.[2] 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")[3] 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.[4]
      > 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
      > 1-58574-086-1
      > (1994) The Traditional Bowyers Bible Volume 3. The Lyons Press. ISBN
      > 1-58574-087-X
      > ------------------------------------


      // Merry

      'Merry' Toirdhealbhach Mirywoder Lutre
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