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The Welsh Longbow of which these are NOT them (original ones stand almost as tall as the Archer), dominated the 100 year war against France..
The English army used them on mass, French used the Crossbow which did not have the range OR more importantly, could NOT be loaded as quickly..

English Archers trained (by LAW!) several hours each day to became devastatingly good, as it turned at at Agincourt..
The total size of the French army at Agincourt could have been as high as 50,000 men at arms, this included the cream of French nobility and knights.. Heavily armored on horseback..

The English.... approximately 1,500 men-at-arms and 7,000 longbowmen spread over a 750 yard line..

It was muddy, the French seeing victory charged, the knights racing towards the thin lines.. Then, at a vast distance away the Longbow men opened fire, thousands of steel tipped arrows rained down, the slaughter was almost total...

As the day wore on, the only French 'success of the day was an attack on the lightly protected English baggage train, treasure was taken and the Kings crown..
Henry had no men spare to keep prisoners so they were ordered killed..

Due to a lack of reliable sources it is impossible to give a precise figure for the French and English casualties. However, it is clear that though the English were outnumbered, their losses were far lower than those of the French. The French sources all give 4,000–10,000 French dead, with up to 1,600 English dead.
But a study shows that the true figure is more likely 450 English loses and French around 10.000!!!

The noblemen lost caused the French to fall apart, Paris fell.. Burgundy was taken by the English and remained so, for hundreds of years!

The French remain pissed off! The Memorial at the battlefield lists a pack of lies! They to this day refuse to believe they messed up SO bad!
Sorry but... You did!

Pics.. : Well check they pikeman in the bottom one.. Notice arrow hitting him in the neck, Armour or not he would have been very dead!

Taken at Festival Of History, Stamford..

October 21, 2012
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Oct 21, 2012 1:05:11 pm
Fantastic action captures Rob!
cool description of the Battle

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 1:35:37 pm
These are some really cool captures Rob, and thank you for the history lesson

by magnus073 Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 1:39:55 pm
Very nice series pair of shots, I have been pining for a longbow for ages!

by NefariousDrO Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 1:48:39 pm
These are fantastic shots Rob and I love the history lesson - I didn't know all that.

by jayfar Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 4:36:05 pm
Awesome!!! And cool info, too!!!

by lunchlady Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 4:36:27 pm
Fabulous history lesson following the super shot of the archers performing as trained, Rob, but those pikemen in the bottom pic appear to be under gas attack or cannon fire. I like their uniforms.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 4:54:54 pm
wonderful captures and story

by flavia49 Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 6:08:44 pm
Bloody hell! they take this re-enacting serious, shot in the neck with a lonbow.Bugger that for a game of soldiers, I'm on the English side.
The reason darts was first made illegal in Britain was because men were playing that instead of practicing with their longbow....can't blame them really, on a soggy Saturday afternoon I'd rather be in the pub but I can't see 'mine host' being too happy with a load of archers letting loose in the snug.Then there'd be old Charley who comes in every day for half of stout, perforated like a tea bag (or a French knight).....charming!

by neiwil Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 6:50:13 pm
And I thought these re-enactments were realively safe!!.. darts and the pub is definitley a better alternative. A very interesting couple of captures, and the history lesson as well!!.. all good stuff!

by tigertim Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 7:52:42 pm
I would much rather go to war now than back then. I mean if you get shot by an Armalite at least it's probably going to be a quick 'lights out'! But I really wouldn't fancy stumbling around with an arrow in my guts............

by blinkings Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 9:01:49 pm
As I've heard it, the field at Agincourt was a muddy quagmire... but the French knights charged anyway, only to be bogged down in the mud. Very dumb move, and easy pickings for archers, especially longbowmen. As the saying goes, stupidity *should* be painful!

I think there was another battle, less lop-sided, where the longbow proved devastating. Crecy perhaps?

Cool photos!

by Tamarrion Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 6:34:01 am
That's one hell of a history lesson mate and these re-enactments really bring it to life.
Not sure i'd want to be a Frenchman ao the receiving end of all those whooshing arrows.
I'd be in the pub with ter rest of the guys in the above comments :)

More of these if you have them oh and any Triumph Herald images you may have too lol.

by Maxidyne Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 7:02:28 am
Great shot of this historical practice Rob.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 3:48:33 pm
Nothing like living history. I hope the local school kids were out to see the lesson on the 100 Years War! Fine shots by the bowmen, but I worry about the lad taking the arrow!

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 6:12:08 pm
Really cool shot, Rob! I can't even imagine the hell it must have been to be on the receiving end of a volley from those longbows. I wouldn't even care to be the fellow taking that shot in the neck - even with the (hopefully) soft-tipped arrows, that's gotta hurt!

by RodS Homepage »

Oct 23, 2012 2:43:17 pm
Cool pictures Rob and a fascinating historical accounting. very interesting!

by junge1 Homepage »

Oct 25, 2012 12:28:59 am
Nice bit of history.

by Osper Homepage »

Oct 28, 2012 7:03:24 am
it's like here with the war of 1812... America attacked what is now Canada, lost (we burned down the forerunner of the White House... it was Pink), and are now claiming Victory
history is decided by who spends the most money telling it...

by 1358 Homepage »

Dec 11, 2012 5:05:53 pm
#1642 In my out of here count down.... I was her and I enjoyed the view. Hopefully those guys are using nerf arrows.

by HADCANCER Homepage »


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