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Offline Patrice

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #360 on: January 21, 2016, 06:27:20 PM »
For France it's true for a short period of time: late 14th - early 15th C. but there is nothing to "solve", there are historical references (although I haven't them at hand just now). Charles V encouraged the people to learn the bow, then Charles VI (the "Mad King") discouraged it - I think that Froissart (?) wrote somewhere it was because the nobles were afraid of the commoners - then Charles VII restablished it...

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #361 on: November 17, 2016, 08:56:08 AM »
The news yesterday: Early Anglo Saxon graveyard found
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37940012

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #362 on: October 16, 2018, 02:53:04 PM »
For France it's true for a short period of time: late 14th - early 15th C. but there is nothing to "solve", there are historical references (although I haven't them at hand just now). Charles V encouraged the people to learn the bow, then Charles VI (the "Mad King") discouraged it - I think that Froissart (?) wrote somewhere it was because the nobles were afraid of the commoners - then Charles VII restablished it...

Froissart was dead and gone by the time Charles VI was on The throne. But I do see your point my friend; in some circles chivalry was a quasi-religious way of life. There was no way that the nobility (major and minor) were going to relinquish their monopoly on all things military and allow the "pleb" to take to the field in any meaningful active way. Though this did change over time and was a major factor in the French winning the HYW and pushing the English out of France. Of course, expressing a the series of conflicts as being the "Hundred Years War" would have been meaningless to many years after the conflict. They saw it as a series of conflicts. Thus change was slow.

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #363 on: November 22, 2018, 10:31:20 AM »
Clearly they didn't consider the Peasant's Revolt of 1381, Jack Cade's Revolt of 1450, or the entire 15th Century after the death of Henry V, or the Tudor Age, as periods of instability.

The Assize of Arms/Statute of Winchester limited bow and armour ownership in England, to those possessing over £2 in land or goods. A bit like telling anyone earning over £20k today that they must have a rifle and to add kevlar if they were earning over £30k. Henry VIII required that the above folk lock their weapons away in a parish armoury, rather than keep them in their own homes.

Eventually we might see a study that moves away from the longbow myth and actually bases its premise on the fact that; English armies after the first years of the HYW were wholly composed of professionals and paid volunteers, while the French (including the knights) were fulfilling a feudal obligation.

Once France gets professional too with its mercenary companies and ultimately its compagnies d'ordonnance, it starts winning. The only blot are the Franc-Archers later in the century after twenty years of dereliction.

Once the French King stopped requiring nobles to attend the Army, they stayed on their estates thereafter. 'French Chivalry' became a very small number of adventurous nobles and a much larger number of second sons from armigerous families, who had no other way of making a living.

As for the longbow, it was Henry VII (iirc) that banned the crossbow as an acceptable 'bow' to bring to muster. The so-called 'archery laws' of Edward III mention bows that shot 'arrows, bolts and pellets', the last two being crossbows. Meanwhile in Northern France and the Low Countries, shooting guilds dedicated to the longbow exist alongside those for the crossbow, over almost the entirety of the Middle Ages. The equivalent of local golf clubs today and about as exclusive.
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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #364 on: November 23, 2018, 09:39:13 AM »
Back on news...

Although this may be borderline Ancients / Medieval...

A splendid Anglo-Saxon helmet to rival Sutton Hoo

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/23/ornate-gold-helmet-from-staffordshire-hoard-recreated

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Re: Medieval News
« Reply #365 on: November 23, 2018, 10:06:43 AM »
Back on news...

Although this may be borderline Ancients / Medieval...

A splendid Anglo-Saxon helmet to rival Sutton Hoo

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/23/ornate-gold-helmet-from-staffordshire-hoard-recreated

Nice hat!

 

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