So, as soon as he had returned safely to Nottingham, he sent messengers north and south, and east and west, to proclaim through town, hamlet, and countryside, this grand shooting match, and everyone was bidden that could draw a longbow, and the prize was to be an arrow of pure beaten gold.
And many more famous men of the longbow were there, whose names have been handed down to us in goodly ballads of the olden time.
Now by our gracious Lady fair," quoth old Sir Amyas o' the Dell, who, bowed with fourscore years and more, sat near the Sheriff, "ne'er saw I such archery in all my life before, yet have I seen the best hands at the longbow for threescore years and more.
Fellow,'' said Prince John, ``I guessed by thy insolent babble that thou wert no true lover of the longbow
, and I see thou darest not adventure thy skill among such merry-men as stand yonder.
In good truth," said more than one lady to Mistress Dale, "if thy husband can handle the longbow
as skilfully as the harp, his rival has little show of winning
are noticeably quieter than recurves, regardless of any add-ons you install such as brush buttons or string silencers, and the reason is simple: On a longbow
, the string only makes contact with the bow at each tip, whereas a recurve's string makes contact on the upper and lower limb tips for a considerable distance.
were available only in lengths of around 68 to 72 inches, making them unwieldy for those who were shorter than average.
Singapore had previously ordered eight Apache Longbows
(see "Singapore Apaches Cleared for Longbow
," JED, April 1999, p.
5 million bowhunters still prefer recurve bows or longbows
Their three-piece takedown longbows
and recurves are crafted from a variety of hardwoods, both domestics and exotics.
Some of the finest archers in the world shoot English style longbows
amazingly well, as proved by the talented exhibition shooter, Byron Ferguson.
In the near future, Apache Longbows
could begin receiving ITT Industries' Suite of Integrated Radio-Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC).