The short answer: yes. The long answer: A known sporting archer, in 1637 Charles was coached in archery by the two Williams Nead. William the elder was also a member of the Artillery Company and inventor of the device that enabled the pike to have a bow attached. I imagine it amounted to not much … Continue reading Was King Charles a Double Armed Man?
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It seems to be an article of faith with academics, historians and re-enactors that Neade’s Double Armed Man was an entirely mythical creature, rather than a serious attempt to making a pike block into something with it’s own offensive capability instead of being just an obstruction for cavalry and a target for artillery. Evidence for … Continue reading More evidence for the Double Armed Man
In my previous post on the subject, I outrageously claimed that I knew how the device worked, if not its exact form. This post will explore the requirements of the device, some other attempts and the thoughts I have on making a reconstruction. “Meane while the practice of the bow may be received; though we … Continue reading My thoughts on the engine of the Double-armed Man
I saw someone poking around on my Big Blog of Leather looking for information on the Double Armed Man. That prompted me to lightly rework this article from 2003, that was supposed to be the basis for the first chapter of a book I was writing but never finished as work, life and health got in the … Continue reading The Double-armed Man
This book combines three of the better known 17th century archery texts under one cover, along with a short essay by Fox introducing each text and setting the military and social context. The first standard text is William Neade’s Double Armed Man (1625), the second the anonymous A New Invention of Shooting Fire-Shafts in Long-bowes (1628) and … Continue reading Book Review: ET Fox – Military Archery in the Seventeenth Century
(Warning: May contain Physics) Archery was officially withdrawn from the ranks of the London Trained Bands in 1593, but continued in the country with the trained bands having a significant number of archers into the 1620s. At this time a number of defences of archery vs. musquetry were written comparing range and effectiveness of both … Continue reading The Range of Arrows
This is the long threatened Pike Armour rivet pattern post. It originally appeared in the International Routier in 2006 as part of a resurgence that saw a number of us get pike armour under the Exact Militia Programme. It sort of fell out of research I’d done for my own armour and resulted in most … Continue reading Rivet patterns on 17th century pike armour