Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Great Regulars: The Hellequin are a band of bowmen.

They would have been large fellows. Estimates differ, but the draw weight of an English war bow seems to have been somewhere between 90 and 140 foot-pounds (draw weight means the amount of force in the bow when its string is pulled to the max). Further explanation would get rather technical, but rest assured: The bow packed a wallop, and an arrow tipped with a bodkin point could easily penetrate mail armor. There are also historical accounts of bodkin-tipped arrows penetrating steel armor at close range.

from Frank Wilson: The Philadelphia Inquirer: Grand climax stars English bow


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