Sunday, October 07, 2007

An Enjoyable Threesome

The following link combines three topics I enjoy tremendously: history, physics, and the military. Specifically, it discusses the physics behind the longbows used at the Battle of Agincourt.

8 comments:

Ellen K said...

Try googling "neuroarthistory"-it's amazing what we are finding out about ancient civilizations. That is my pet internet meander.

Darren said...

A whole new field, with a name that didn't exist just a couple years ago.

And it seems to be a legitimate academic field, unlike Oppressed Studies.

Carson said...

Now this is my kind of article. I wish we had lessons like this.

Darren said...

Carson, if we had lessons like this, imagine the complaints from mumsy or dadsy if they happen to be of French descent. Or, what if they don't want these warmonger lessons taught to their babies?

Thorndog said...

Wow, that would suck to be in the French calvary back then (and even still now). Nice article! Very good pick!

rightwingprof said...

What struck me was the 110-180 lb. draw weight. Today's compound bows (for adults) are 50, 60, or 70 lb. bows (they're adjustable by about 10 lb -- the draw weight specified for the bow is the peak, or maximum). It would take a strong man to pull a 180 pound bow and shoot with any degree of accuracy.

Mrs. Bluebird said...

Awesome article. Thanks for the link. Hubby, the military historian, will love it.

Mike said...

Always interesting to read this sort of history. Given the much greater effective range, accuracy, reliability, all weather capability and rate of fire of the long bow, it's easy to understand why the English replaced them with firearms so relatively late.