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    Weapon Files - The Longbow


    We take an insider's look at the weapon that ended the mounted knight's reign!

    Dr. S.
    Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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  • #2
    Hey thanks Dr. S, that was interesting.
    "Every man should be his own Guru; every woman her own Gurette" ...Ed Abbey

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Wustenfuchs View Post
      Hey thanks Dr. S, that was interesting.
      Yeah, kind of cool given my recent exposure to the bow and my recent visit to Crecy!

      Dr. S.
      Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

      www.sinisterincorporated.co.uk

      www.tabletown.co.uk

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      • #4
        Flatbow, aka American Longbow

        Here's something related from our side of the pond Dr. S.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatbow
        "Every man should be his own Guru; every woman her own Gurette" ...Ed Abbey

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        • #5
          One of the interesting adaptations of the armor makers at that time was to make the plate softer, which allowed it to dent when struck and blunted much of an arrows force. Unfortunately, that didn't solve the basic problem of the long bow's lethality in the hands of a skilled archer, and as the knight closed on the enemy the range shortened and the chance of an arrow penetrating became virtual certainty.

          Probably didn't help to be large man-in-a-can on horseback and a very easy target, either.

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          • #6
            I am reading currently on the longbow and as an example of penetration and range - at 50 yards the bodkin arrow penetrates a horses chest to the feathers. Draw strength of this particular bow 120lbs.

            The article was written in 1979 and involved the bowman filmed at the Tower of London for a display film. I imagine they have a newer film by now : )

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            • #7
              Wikipedia says the longbow was so powerful archers who trained on it since childhood had skeletal deformities. This is because the tremendous muscle force required to draw it pulled on the muscle to bone attachments causing the bones to remodel, thicken and grow new spurs.

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              • #8
                http://www.stortford-archers.org.uk/medieval.htm

                This is a real in-depth article giving the physics of the arrow etc. Definitely seems to be a labour of love.

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                • #9
                  Why does everyone concentrate on the Penetration of a longbow?

                  Work it out the Horse is going to get hit a hell of a lot more times than the man, and when the horse goes down, the Man on it is stuffed royally.

                  Add to that the ground would be littered with arrows sticking up making the ground a major trip hazard, it all means that the bloke may well not be hurt by hte arrow, but get killed in another manner.
                  Winnie says
                  ---------------------------------
                  "He fell out of a Gestapo car, over a bridge, and onto a railway line. Then was run over by the Berlin Express.

                  It was an Accident."
                  Herr Flick.

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                  • #10
                    Listy - wonderful point you made!! Whenever I have a discussion with someone about medieval warfare and knights, the topic of the vulnerability of the horse often comes up. Shoot and kill the horse, unhorse the knight, and suddenly the knights has lost all of his advantages. Problem solved.

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