Beauchamp Pageant – England, c 1485AD

Arrow from an illustration in the Beauchamp Pageant, taken to be typical of the period of the Wars of the Roses through to the decline of military archery under Elizabeth I and James VI et I. It’s probably also a good representation of bob-tail arrows from the Mary Rose.

Very similar arrows are shown in the carvings on Prince Arthur’s Chantry Chapel (1504) in Worcester Cathedral.

Some of the carving on Prince Arthur’s Chantry Chapel in Worcester Cathedral. Note the curved trailing edges on the fletching and the Tudor bodkin heads. Click the photo to embiggerate.

– photo by The Richard III Society, Worcester

This Reconstruction

Beauchamp Pageant Arrow
Beauchamp Pageant Arrow

Jessop M2 head from Medieval-Fightclub, bob-tail tapered 29″ mountain ash shaft, 7″ by ½″ goose fletching, horn cross-nock, red linen binding, rosin/beeswax glue used over binding. This arrow complies with the current Welsh Warbow standard.


References

Pageant of the birth, life and death of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, K.G., 1389-1439 https://archive.org/details/pageantofbirthli00hopeuoft

Richard III Society, Prince Arthur Funeral Procession in Worcester to Mark the 500th Anniversary in 2002 http://www.richardiiiworcs.co.uk/arthurfuneralthumbnails.html

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