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How to shoot the English Longbow

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170 points · 2 months ago

I love his speech pattern, very fluid and matter-of-fact when talking about murder

Fuck I love that movie.

Was about to say great things about the man, but you found what made him really great listener and thus teacher.
I could sit and just listen to him.

102 points · 2 months ago

"Seven tricks to piss off the French, #3 will shock you!"

I love the English longbow. If I remember correctly, skeletons of these archers would be easy to tell, since their right arms were larger than their left.

TIL that If I had died at 14 I might've been mistaken for an English archer.

The evidence is all in the shoulder and back muscles, not so much the arm. The former two would have been over developed.

8 points · 2 months ago

He said skeleton.

8 points · 2 months ago

Which are attached to muscles

5 points · 2 months ago

Which are covered in fat and skin

4 points · 2 months ago

Which are made of cells


they also tended to have bone spurs in their wrists and elbows.

No use in Vietnam, then

2 points · 2 months ago

I heard another telltale sign is links between the shoulder blades wouldn't properly fuse

This would hardly be exclusive to English Longbowmen. They would have been on the end of the scale due to the bow's draw-weight, but all archers would have muscles more developed on one side.

44 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

I can’t tell if he’s a Northerner or a Midlander but his accent is so calm and his tone dulcet.

26 points · 2 months ago


Source: am Northerner


6 points · 2 months ago

Can confirm

Source: am Midlander

2 points · 2 months ago

Nice out today innit

21 points · 2 months ago

Ah dulcet. One of many fine words I love but never remember to use.

100% midlander. Not nottingham though, cant quite place it.
Source: Am midlander.

42 points · 2 months ago

"2 hours after church every Sunday", arrows made so that they don't come out at all. Those were the days I guess.

Yes, just not as many days for each person.

Really nice to see a quiver not at shoulder height

was that a Hollywood invention?

20 points · 2 months ago

Only for depictions of European archers. Native American and African tribes predominantly used back quivers near the shoulder. The majority of Europeans used belt quivers.

I'm assuming because Native Americans and African tribes were more nomadic and running was more essential? Easier to run with a quiver on the back I'd imagine.

That would make sense, and Euro archers would generally either have been posted on a wall during sieges, or more to the rear of an army if in the field.

I remember from Bernard Cornwell's The Grail Quest, where the main character would describe their arrow "sack" instead of a quiver, where the later would often damage the feathers, ruining it's long range precision.

For anyone interested, u/military_history did a great summary on r/AskHistorians of the tactics of the medieval English army and how longbowmen were used in tandem with unmounted men-at-arms to provide an feared fighting machine:

This is quite weird! I know Kevin quite well! He’s a really lovely guy and very funny! Was not expecting to suddenly see his face on reddit!

"You have to look at your enemy and put him down". Oof

"...and there you have it, you've created a M U R D E R W E A P O N"

I read that muskets were effective at 100m, longbow at 300m. I figure a musket regiment was cheaper, but why when fighting Napoleon didn’t the british keep at least one or two of these regiments available for the 200m advantage?

I'm no expert, but training to be good with a bow takes a long, long time. Same with a crossbow. You need to be somewhat fit to use either or. The musket on the other hand? A lot less training. The longbow itself took years of training, while the musket would take months. Much easier and faster to arm some peasants with muskets and train them in a month, than to find some peasants and train them with a longbow over many years.

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will correct me, but this is what I have learned so far.

As someone currently learning archery (I've got a lesson in an hour, actually), can confirm that there are techniques to every part of firing a bow. Stance, arm movements, aiming, releasing, etc. Learning it all to the point where you can shoot accurately would take way longer than learning how to shoot a gun, which is "point open end at enemy, look down long straight barrel for consistent aim, pull trigger without jerking abruptly".

Was half hoping that when the guy was showing how to shoot he would go "And then you miss because you fucked up your draw and didn't anchor properly."

Birgitte Silverbow would be proud

She'd have a much tighter pattern, and he's probably not ugly enough for her

And she would be perfectly accurate at over 300 paces.

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Nice vid. Thanks.

That was badass


So beautiful way of explaining!

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-7 points · 2 months ago(0 children)

This is Britain, how else do you defend your property?

2 points · 2 months ago

like this, dur

Thoros of Myr before he found the light

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