Re: [SCA-Archery] Period archery competitions
- Actually there is some fairly complete information on some competitions. The Schutzenfests in Germany had archers attending from various cities. The announcement of the competition was sent to all the cities competing and included the information on the number of matches, distance to be shot and size of the target and general rules. This was indicated by a full scale drawing of the target and a line printed on the announcement or a length of string showing the length of the unit of measurement used for the distance.In England for shooting at the marks in Finsbury Fields outside of London, there was the "Ayme for Finsburie Archers", an edition was printed in 1594. This booklet shows the distances between the marks and gives the rules for shooting.With wreath or wand shooting the target was the size that that the archer setting it up decided it would be and then was shot at whatever distance he set it up. The scoring was a simple hit or miss.JonOn Jan 2, 2011, at 8:10 PM, wrote:
Education can be done just as well with a modern face and explaining
what we know of period archery. The fact that we really don't know what
period target archery consisted of makes any attempt at reconstruction
on our part even more suspect and says more about our own arrogance than
it does about historical archery. Using something the average person
can relate to will bring it that much closer to them and make th
historical continuity more apparent.
This is something modern archaeologists and museologists must wrestle
with routinely when they try to reconstruct a ruin or archaeological
site for public viewing. How much can or should be done to make the
site relevant and meaningful to modern viewers without putting too much
modern interpretation on it. Using best guess reconstructions
alongside modern faces would best represent the variety of archery as
practiced, demonstrate our lack of definite knowledge, convey meaning
and relevance, and draw in new participants.
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