Tag: Neade

Book Review: ET Fox – Military Archery in the Seventeenth Century

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

My thoughts on the engine of 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

More evidence for the Double Armed Man

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

The Double-armed Man

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