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Supplementary myth: Eagle feathers eat all others

Supplementary myth: Eagle feathers eat all others

While I was gathering references for my recent peacock feather post, I found a reference to a Norse superstition to do with arrow making that I thought I'd share. Curiously, it's echoed by Turkish fletchers who also use eagle feathers.Here's the late 12th century quote from Saxo Germanicus first.Eagles' feathers joined to other feathers in … Continue reading Supplementary myth: Eagle feathers eat all others

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Medieval Myths: Peacock arrows

Medieval Myths: Peacock arrows

A sheef of pecok arwes, bright and kene, Under his belt he bar ful thriftily, (wel koude he dresse his takel yemanly: His arwes drouped noght with fetheres lowe) Chaucer, G., The Canterbury Tales, Prologue, The Yeoman, lines 104-7 I've seen it happen in a couple of archery and re-enactment clubs — someone starts reading … Continue reading Medieval Myths: Peacock arrows