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Re: [SCA-Archery] medieval arrowmaking

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  • Brad Boda d'Aylward
    Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] medieval arrowmaking ... Aah. Tis of a truth you do speak. I know of which you refer. (sorry, Midsummer s on Cinemax) Try to get a
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      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] medieval arrowmaking

      >Dear Brad,
      > And your answer to the question of Agincourt
      >I have read conflicting reports written by very literate people of the
      >period as having anywhere between 25 to 50 thousand French and several
      >hundred to a few thousand English. Contemporary 20th century military
      >scholars who after counting the actual divisions that they knew were
      >employed have estimated that it was between 10 to 15 thousand French
      >against about 1 to 2 thousand English. But the actual true answer is:
      >unknown. The documentation conflicts and all that we really know is that
      >the English were greatly outnumbered.
      >Medieval census taking was notoriously wrong. Recounts of battles are
      >notoriously exagerated, and although they seemed to count just fine when
      >it came to commercial exchanges, they did seem to have a problem with
      >overstating numbers to flesh out a story or a census. Of course we can't
      >be so "cocky" about how we count, the election ya know.
      Aah. 'Tis of a truth you do speak. I know of which you refer. (sorry,
      Midsummer's on Cinemax) Try to get a head count of the fighters on the
      field at Pennsic............ and this in an age of people who are known to
      be able to count.

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