Re: [SCA-Archery] Iberian archery gear....
- David Nicolle, the author of “El Cid and the Reconquista 1050-1492” Osprey publishing, has some comments on the common use of the crossbow in that period and area.Jon****************
“Another, perhaps more significant military development was the widespread adoption of crossbows during the 11th century: Spaniards probably led the way but Andalusians were only a few years behind.”
“Portuguese costume continued to be influenced by Mozarab-Andalusian styles while an ever older tradition may have lain behind a continued use of longbows, though crossbows had also come into fashion. “
“Face-covering mail coifs are mentioned, as are leather lamt shields imported From the Sahara, while crossbows were now the most important infantry weapon. “
..and a greater use of scale armor reflected the threat from crossbows.”
“…XIII century while Catalonia was famous not only for the manufacture of crossbows but also for its crossbowmen.”
“… more significantly, from the special character of Iberian warfare where light cavalry and crossbows used on both foot and horseback, were particularly prominent…”