Medieval Archery

The Medieval Combat Society also offers displays based around the most potent ranged weapon of the 14th century, the English Longbow. It was used to such devastating effect during the Hundred Years' War between England and France at battles such as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt. You might not know but there was a law on the statute book until recently, passed by King Henry VIII in 1515, to the effect that "all able-bodied men must carry out archery practice on Sundays."

Members of the society take on the role a group of mercenary archers who have set up a display of their skills in order to attract both prospective employers and new recruits to their ranks. During the course of the display, the skill of using the bow and marksmanship are demonstrated including, shooting to command, volley shot, rolling volley, rank shot and a display of the frightening speed of the longbow as the company show the potential to shoot more than ten arrows a minute on target.

The society is also able to provide full facilities for "have a go archery" should an event require it, using a fully roped off arena and a range of bows that can be used by all ages from around five years old and upwards. Members of the society coordinate and manage the "have a go" sessions so that anyone who has ever wished to try archery can shoot a few arrows to target. Why woudn't you want to shoot the knight!