Warriors For The Working Day
Military Art
By
Paul Hitchin
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This well equipped archer represents the household bowmen serving in Henry V's army in France. In this case a bowman of the retinue of the Earl of Oxford, his hood bearing the Earl's star badge.
The man wears a good bascinet helmet and padded jack to protect his body and is armed not only with his bow but a good sword and buckler and a long 'misericorde' dagger. His mounted status is indicated by the riding boots. Many archers rode to war, dismounting to fight. These men received a higher wage than their lowly unmounted compatriots.
 
The archer is standing behind a defensive stake and preparing to loose an arrow from his yew longbow, a weapon with a range of potentially more than 250 yards and deadly at close range in the hands of a skilled bowman. Each man of the king's army had to be capable of releasing at least twelve aimed shots a minute and the sky at Agincourt must have been filled with a deadly hail of arrows as 5000 archers released death on the attacking French.
 

 

 

 
 

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