Re: [SCA-Archery] Period archery competitions
- Point of note. The statute only states a distance. It does not state a
target, number of arrows, or mandated accuracy. For all we know it
referred to exactly what we consider "flight" shooting. Get the arrow
out that distance and who cares what it hits. It must be remembered the
purpose of the statute - to prepare archers for war. It must also be
remembered the nature of archery in war at the time and culture of the
statute. It was used as a mass fire, area interdiction, weapon. At
that time and culture, as opposed to others, archery was not a targeted,
direct fire weapon. Nor does archery in the SCA represent only war
archery. Throughout the period archery was used for hunting and most
likely sport - certainly by the last century of our period it was used
purely as a sport by the upper classes without any of its practical
aspects. We must remember all these aspects as well as the social place
of archery in our teaching of what archery is about.
Oblio of Abertwidr wrote:
> Regarding the prospect of shooting the distance of 12 score yards, no
> archer in the world, is recognised as shooting that distance, as a
> shoot other than a flight shoot, as modern archers are simply not
> capable of the degree of skill that applied when King Henry VIII shot
> in the Field Of Gold.
> The skill is gone. Not even compound bow machine operators are capable
> of shooting that distance, in a test of skill of accuracy.
> And, modern longbow archers do not have the strength or skill, to
> shoot such a distance, for accuracy.
My life is a Comedy of Arrows
Lord Dearg Ailfredsson
"Red son of Alfred"
11th century Gall Gaidhel [gall guy-yell
a.k.a. "Irish Northman"
Leather Craftsman, Archer and Huntsman
Paid SCA member since 2003
--- On Sat, 1/8/11, Carolus <eulenhorst@...> wrote:
From: Carolus <eulenhorst@...>
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Period archery competitions
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 4:54 AM
Dearg Ailfredsson wrote:
> The only thing I have to say is;
> Good form isn't what your shooting at,
> but how your shooting at it.
> Lord Dearg Ailfredsson
> [dare-eg ale-frid-son]
> "Red son of Alfred"
> 11th century Gall Gaidhel [gall guy-yell
> a.k.a. "Irish Northman"
> Leather Craftsman, Archer and Huntsman
> Paid SCA member since 2003