Fascist Longbow Archery in Spain: Campeonatos Nacionales de Tiro con Arco 1951

Visiting a Spanish tapas restaurant in Stockholm, I notised a poster on the wall, advertising the National archery championship in Spain 1951. Two things interested me, being both an archer and a scholar studying international fascism. First, the bow depicted on the poster is an English longbow, seemingly a self-yew bow, held and angled in…

A Bronze Age Agincourt: Archers at the battle of Tollense 1200 B.C.

It has been called ”Europe’s first battlefield” and attracted attention since its discovery. But the battle of Tollense around 1200 B.C. is also interesting from an archery perspective. The tactics used by the victorious archer army reminds of the battle of Agincourt, some 2,600 years later. During the Bronze age, Tollense valley — situated in…

John shows how to shoot a warbow

How do you handle a warbow (an English longbow above 70 pounds draw weight)? Master archer John Turton, shooting a 100 pound self yew bow, is kind enough to show us his technique! Filmed by Henrik Arnstad at Yattendon, England.

The decline and fall of the English longbow

This episode of the podcast ”…and the sky went black!”, tales and history of the English longbow is a bit sad. It deals with the decline and eventual disappearance of the English longbow, from the battlefield. A gradual process which occurred during the 16th and 17th century. As late as 1776, the famous American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin wrote…

”…and the sky went black!” A podcast about the English longbow.

May the English forgive us Swedes, but this is the premiere episode (a total of five episodes are planned) of the brand new podcast ”…and the sky went black!”, tales and history of the English longbow. This first episode is called ”The English longbow in medieval warfare”, and is sort of an introduction. Later episodes…

Glorious premiere for Saint Erik at the Marks

The premiere for Saint Erik at the Marks was a success, we are proud to say! Eleven archers competed at Runö, north of Stockholm. The results were as follows: Anders Hedlund, 44 points. Markus Nyström, 33 points. Anders Eriksson, 32 points. Organising Sweden’s first open championship in Shooting at the Marks, we are happy to…

Amazing archery material at the Stockholm Museum of History

The Sagittarii Holmiae had the honor today, to be shown the historical archery material at the Stockholm Museum of History. Ph.D. Archeology Elisabet Regner, Senior Curator at the museum, gave us a very special tour, including showing us some of the archery material from the museum’s collections, usually not shown for visitors. Above a sami…

The Longbow Shop one of ”Britain’s 27 most innovative entrepreneurs of 2014”

Sagittarii Holmiae wishes to congratulate The Longbow Shop in England, having been appointed one of ”Britain’s 27 most innovative entrepreneurs of 2014” by The Telegraph: Founded by former graphic designer Jason Powell in 2011, the Longbow Shop sells traditional English longbows, the 6ft medieval bows famously used in the battles of Agincourt, Crecy and Poitiers….