• Fletcher

    Maker of Arrows. Read More
  • Herbalist

    What happened when illness struck?   Read More
  • Scribe

    Skills with Quills. Read More
  • Basket Maker

    Weaving rushes. Read More
  • Rushlight Maker

    The earliest form of medieval lighting. Read More
  • Seamstress

    Making and repairing our clothes. Read More
  • Leather Worker

    Trader of hides and maker of goods. Read More
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  • Cooks

    Authentic medieval recipes. Read More
  • Tavern Keeper

    Refreshment anyone? Read More
  • Medieval Baby

    Our youngest member. Read More
  • Friar

    Medieval pastoral care. Read More
  • The Hound

    Woody is our Rat Catcher and Truffle tracker. Read More
  • Man at Arms

    Ready for a fight? Read More
  • Archer

    Skilled English longbowman. Read More
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Skilled English longbowman.

The 14th century Longbowman was tall and well built, he practised "shooting" in the bow from the age of 4 or 5, having to be capable at the age of 6 to draw, loose and aim his shafts. At maturity he could be capable of drawing a 160lb draw weight which would drive a shaft of 36 inches long, and weighing over 1100 grams, over a distance of 400 yards or more.

Piles or arrow heads come either as bodkins (4" long spikes) or broad heads (up to 3" across) inflicting deep penetration. The arrows arrive at a speed in excess of 140mph and if successful could lift an adult victim clean off his feet. It has been calculated that the Agincourt Archers were loosing more than 900 arrows a second, that's a lot of incoming! History tells us that the French came second on that day. 

The Longbowman was equally loathed and feared by his adversaries as well as his own side, but as he made up more than 90% of all Medieval 14th century English Armies, his presence was a necessary evil, but by God you wanted him to be on your side.