Not Baron Jon, but at least an archer
Hardy's book "Longbow" has some good information on the remains
recovered aboard the "Mary Rose"
vertebrae bodies and spinous process showed unusually large muscle
attachments in the thoracic and cervical area, shoulder and arms showed
deformities and large muscle attachments with advanced joint deterioration.
IIRC some of the remains at Wisby showed similar damages and deformities.
Michael L Wilson wrote:
> 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?
> -Francis Bean