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Sorry mate there is no proof of this so we do not Know it, the longbow was in use by all of the peoples of at least mainland Britain if not the whole of the British Isles since prehistoric times, and was certainly in use by the Germanic tribes of whom the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians and Danes were but a few.We also know that the English adopted the longbow from the Welsh (grossly oversimplifying, I know)
Yes my family name is Beckett, which is probably a Frenchified Germanic name possibly Anglo Norman. Beck a small stream or brook plus a French diminutive therefore small brook.Your surname is Beckett, correct?
You have made it clear that your personal opinion is that the Welsh used longbows. You also stated that the English cleared tracks of land along which the advanced into Wales during the Conquest of Wales. I did ask you how broad these tracts of land were. You have not provided any sources for this statement nor any further information. This would be very interesting to know. Would you mind giving us some sources for your statement please?
Sorry for taking you too literally, please forgive me.I meant as artillery in warfare, and not as a generalisation of its overall adoption, and it was also meant with tongue very firmly in cheek
Limitations of the printed word...
Not me - I base my own opinions on Yew (and on lots of other things for that matter) in the UK on having been born here (Scottish Borders) and from having lived and worked throughout much of it over the years, keeping my eyes and ears open as I did so.africansky1972 wrote:I believe the following book has a good deal of information about the history and Exploitation of Yew in the British Isles and Continental Europe. Has anyone on paleoplanet read it?
Hageneder, F. Yew: A History. Sutton Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-0750945974
It seems a reconstruction of the bow was made and the weight of the reconstruction was 50 lb. It would be interesting to know if the reconstructor was actually and experienced bowyer and just how similar to the original the reconstruction was.A longbow (C14 date 4040-3640 cal BC, 2 sigma) was found near the base of a peat stack in the Tweedsmuir Hills by Dr Dan Jones of Melrose. Around two-thirds of it survives; it appears to have broken in antiquity. Now in NMS, following a Treasure Trove enquiry: registration number IP 6.
Daybook no: DB 1991/65.
In 1990 a broken yew longbow was found at about 660m OD, near the base of a peat hag and close to the underlying iron pan. It sustained slight damage during recovery and dried out before being formally examined.
The remains measure 1.36m in length, comprising about two-thirds of a bow of original length 1.74m. One limb survives complete; the other was broken in antiquity. The bow is made from a single piece of wood with a constricted grip. The limbs are virtually straight, D-shaped in section and up to 25mm wide. The thickness:width ratio is about 1:15, and there is no wear at the tip.
The bow falls in size between the Neolithic examples from Meare and Ashcott Heaths, England. It probably had a draw-weight of between 11 and 18kg for an arrow of length 0.71m, and would thus be less powerful than a modern hunting bow.
The bow has been dated by radiocarbon to 2520 100bc (OxA-3540).
A Sheridan 1992.
Yes, like Jorgumund I do believe that is so, In fact I believe that most if not all of the peoples of northern and western Europe generally used man tall bows. There are certain peoples who were influenced by the shorter composite bows of the east as used by Roman auxiliaries etc but the majority would have used a long bow. The bow may have fallen in and out of vogue, as it did with the French (the Franks use man sized bows) and various peoples of central and southern Europe but it was always there.Am I correct that you are of the opinion that the Irish used a man tall "Longbow" throughout their history and that short bows were not used by the Irish?
No remains of Carolingian bows have been discovered, but the one bow which has survived from the Merovingian period is D-shaped, made of wood, and some 2 m. long.214 In contrast to the Byzantines and Lombards, the Franks and Alamanni are not believed to have used the composite reflex bow at this time.215 However, some ninth-century pictorial sources seem to portray reflex bows,216 and Ermold was apparently describing a composite bow when he referred to an archer "cornea plectra tenens."217 Although it is impossible to be categorical, given the absence of archeological remains, this evidence does suggest that the Franks were familiar with the reflex bow in the ninth century.
-shaped wooden bows were undoubtedly still common, however,218 and two contemporary texts refer to yew as being particularly suitable for the manufacture of both bows and arrows.219 A very small number of arrowheads have been found in excavations, all made of iron, some of them rhomboid, others barbed,220 and a miniature in the Stuttgart Psalter depicts both types of point, as well as feathered flights.221
As far as your last question goes, I have no idea, but as he was arming mounted Warriors I would think it probable they would be using short bows of asiatic design.Now I have heard that among the Franks, when a man desires a bow, he hacks off a branch from a tree, cuts in each end a notch, strings it, and that they call a bow. But among us it is otherwise.
is a bit over the top.Anglo-centric cultural imperialism.