- Jul 2019
Thats an incredible record but im not sure i understand the information in the website. Were the men shooting a men sized target at 50 yards or at 200+ yards under the chart below?'Bowshot' is a term generally used in contemporary literature to describe the distance that armies would first engage. A bit unhelpful as it doesn't explain exactly what distance it's referring to. Based on the distances achieved by modern heavy bowmen using historically accurate bows and 'livery' arrows then 200-250 yards would seem to be an appropriate distance that medieval archers would start engaging enemy front lines. However there were lighter arrows to 'gall' enemies at a distance and this could have been 300 yards or so. I'm sure there'll be some original sources that might detail the actual distances, but as in a lot of cases medieval sources can be woefully inaccurate.
ACHIEVEMENTS - WARBOW WALES is a good starting point to checking out how safe you'd feel standing 200 yards away from an English/Welsh bowman.