Those of you who have stumbled over my other blog may have seen the series of posts on my reconstruction of a leather quiver from the Danish town of Hedeby. This series is on the reconstruction of a 4th century wooden quiver from Nydam Mose, Southern Jutland, Denmark. The standard reference for the quivers is … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 1
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
I've been doing a little consulting to my nephew*, who has been making a Mongolian bow for a school history assignment. His theory is that the Mongolian bow gave the advantage to the Mongols during their invasion of China in the 14th century, so he's making one and testing it out. I disagree in a … Continue reading Mongolian bamboo arows
At most find-sites that have arrows there will be a non-equal mix of S- and Z-wrap on the bindings. The dig report will assert that left-handed fletchers were responsible for those that aren't the majority direction arrow binding, probably without mentioning whether it's the Z- or S- that they are talking about. I can't find where it … Continue reading In a spin about fletch wrapping
Peasants at Archery, David Teniers the Younger, 1645. Click to zoom in and have a look around. There's enough detail to see that the bows are made from a single stick using the heartwood and sapwood to best effect. The two figures shooting appear to have early recurves with handle binding, the limbs may be spliced within the handle. These … Continue reading Archery, 1645 style
The Black Tapestry is the one surviving member of a theoretical series of tapestries illustrating Roman history. This one depicts four scenes of the history of the Roman king Tarquin the Elder (c 616-c 578 BC). Most likely woven in Brussels around 1425, it is now on display in the museum at the Cathedral of Zamora, Spain, possibly … Continue reading The Black Tapestry of Zamora
I spent much of last weekend at the St Ives Medieval Fair, we were set up near the falconry group and when I had a little time and they were quiet, I wandered over and started chatting about eagles and feather mites to see if my crackpot theories stood the test of the Experienced Professional. … Continue reading Those pesky eagle feather mites again.