Re: bad archery
- In several of the references I have read recently concerning period archery they talk/describe two types of archers. Those who rode horses to battle then dismounted and often lead groups of men and those who are on foot. But in all cases they mention that archers of period were anything but scrawny. The mental picture I got from the descriptions is that the average archer was slightly taller than the average man and big strong farm boys, to use a modern term of definition. But as pointed out here and supported by the skeletons from the Merry Rose, you had to be very strong to pull a war bow for very long.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, richard johnson <rikjohnson39@...> wrote:
> have you noticed that in all the S&H epics (Robin Hood, Braveheart, etc...)
> al lthe archers in the army are short and scrawney peeple?
> Like if you have brawn and muscles, you'd be a knight or foot-soldier?
> Consdering that the WarBows of the period were 100#+ draw, I suspect that
> the period archers were more like Arnold Schwarzenegger, with massive
> shoulder and arms.
> Rick Johnson
> "Those who give up a little freedom in return for a little imagined security
> will soon find that they have neither."