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Medieval Myth Busting - Arrows vs Armour 2, using historically accurate reproductions from time of the Battle of Agincourt (1415)

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    They just uploaded another extra video: AVA2 - How powerful is a Warbow? TIL we have no preserved specimens of medieval English longbows. I knew about the Mary Rose, but I had no idea that the...

    They just uploaded another extra video:
    AVA2 - How powerful is a Warbow?

    ‘Arrows vs Armour’ is back and we are shooting medieval war arrows at the top half of an armoured knight using armour and arrows that are correct in every detail; but what about the bow?. The main film shows exactly what happened but was the bow too powerful?

    There are no existing medieval longbows, not one. So we have to guess from the best of our knowledge and experience what weight bow Joe should shoot and we have deliberately chosen power at 160lbs. But would a weaker bow be powerful enough to injure our knight? We set out to find out, by shooting at a sheet steel target.

    TIL we have no preserved specimens of medieval English longbows. I knew about the Mary Rose, but I had no idea that the bows and arrowheads found in it are our only examples from around that age. Although, as said in the video, the Mary Rose was 130 years after Agincourt, and the bows aboard it were naval warfare bows so likely very different from medieval longbows intended to be used against armoured ground targets.

    Also, crazy to see the power of those 100+lbs bows. Even in full plate armor I wouldn't want to get hit with one of those! It may not penetrate a breastplate or helm, but it would probably still hurt like hell.

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