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Viking Archery

The 11th century Norman bows depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry still show the characteristic shape of the earlier Viking bows

While not widely known as having an archery culture, the Vikings nevertheless counted archers and bowyers among their number, says historian Jan Sachers Bows and arrows may not be not the first weapons that come to mind when we hear of

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Shooting From Horseback

The author holding multiple arrows for rapid reloading during the Hungarian event at the first stage of the European Grand Prix in Poland, 2014

Dan Sawyer of the British Horseback Archery Association gives you an overview of this unique side of the sport: how it used to be, how it’s practiced now, and how you can get involved The centaur is one of the most

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Making it Quicks

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Tom Bishop reveals what working for one of the best-known archery retailers in Britain has been like For over 60 years Quicks has been selling archery equipment, and for 39 of those years Tom Bishop has been involved with the

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Old Archery Games

Archers enjoy clout shooting with all different kinds of bows today

Archery was used for hunting and warfare for centuries, but that didn’t stop archers having fun with it too, as Jan Sachers reveals Sporting competition has always been a part of archery history, ever since early man first challenged his

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Ahead of the Game

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As Richard Head Longbows celebrated 21 years as a full-time bow making company, Bow International caught up with founder Richard Head   Richard Head has been making bows professionally for 21 years, though his involvement in archery goes back way beyond that.

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A Mystery Revived

Four early 19th century brazed piles, showing variations in shape

Hugh D. Soar examines arrows from the past, and reveals what they might be able to show us about historical warfare and craftsmanship Traditional archery is not noted for mystery, but certain items recovered from the ‘Mary Rose’ have had

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The first York

HRH George IV, painted in 1791 by John Russell 
wearing the uniform of the Royal Kentish Bowmen

Jan Sachers – archer and historian – reveals the unique history of the York round and the development of national competition     The second half of the 18th century saw the resurrection of archery as a pastime and sport

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The First York

A coloured steel engraving to commemorate the 1823 meeting of the Royal British Bowmen shows their survival through the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars

Jan Sachers – archer and historian – reveals the unique history of the York round and the development of national competition The second half of the 18th century saw the resurrection of archery as a pastime and sport for English

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Building bows

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Got a budding bowyer in the family? A new book from German historian and craftsman Wulf Hein shows you how to build a starter bow. Angelika Hornig asks the questions Wulf Hein is a craftsman specialising in the reconstruction of historical

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