On Mon, 20 Apr 2009, john heitman wrote:
> What made the english (actually welsh) long bow so impressive was its
> size and strength. 6 ft or so vs 4ft, and 80-90 pounds vs 40 pounds
> or so. Recognize that even today, bow strength is really just a close
> guess, and will drop with use.
Baron Jon Tristram once told me that it was actually more like 100 pounds.
Supposedly the skeletons of archers in the grave can be recognized by the
archaeologists because the long hours of practice drawing such an
overpowered bow left them with deformed skeletons.
Jon, are you on the list? Care to elaborate further?