”Saint Erik at the Marks” Open Championship 2017

IMG_7270On Saturday June 17th the Sagittarii Holmiae will arrange the open championship Saint Erik at the Marks at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Program, as follows:

Details:

  • Longbows only (preferably English longbows but modern ”flatbows” are allowed).
  • Shooting fee SEK 200 (approx. 25 euros). Pay via swish (123 312 34 45) or cash (exact amount please) at registration. To pay via invoice, add 20 SEK to the amount.
  • Maximum number of participants is 50.
  • The shoot will take place regardless of weather. Come hell or high water!
  • No dogs, please.

Here’s all the participants in Saint Erik at the Marks 2017:

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Any questions may be directed to info@longbows.se.

Please note, it is no longer possible to enter as a participant in the competition.

Keep your arrows straight and may your aim be true!

 

 

The decline and fall of the English longbow

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itunes-logoThis 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.

Benjamin_Franklin_1767.jpgAs late as 1776, the famous American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter:

But I still wish, with you, that pikes could be introduced and I would add bows and arrows. These were good weapons, not wisely laid aside;

  1. Because a man may shoot as truly with a bow as with a common musket.
  2. He can discharge four arrows in the time of charging and discharging one bullet.
  3. His object is not taken from his view by the smoke of his own side.
  4. A flight of arrows, seen coming upon them, terrifies and disturbs the enemies’ attention to their business.
  5. An arrow striking in any part of a man puts him out of combat till it is extracted.
  6. Bows and arrows are more easily provided everywhere than muskets and ammunition.

sloapt.gifThus, we are encountered with a historical mystery: Why was the longbow replaced by firearms, during the 16th century, if the longbow remained a superior weapon well into the 19th century?

There are several answers to this complex question, and we discuss them in this episode of the podcast: ”The decline and fall of the English longbow”!

Our podcast has been critiqued, since it sounds ”pretty much like the Swedish chef after a week in Cardiff”. That is quite correct! Being Swedish, we are sorry for our horrible English. But hopefully there’s something interesting in our efforts, anyway. 🙂

loggaBehind this humble production are Henrik Arnstad, science journalist specialising in history, and historian Adam Westlund, specialising in medieval history.

Please comment below, regarding your thoughts about this episode. Thank you for tuning in! Listen below:

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

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itunes-logo.jpgMay 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 will deal with The hundred years war, the decline of the longbow and many other things.

Behind this humble production are Henrik Arnstad, science journalist specialising in history, and historian Adam Westlund, specialising in medieval history.

Please comment below, regarding your thoughts about this episode. Thank you for tuning in! Listen below:

You can subscribe via Itunes. Or via the RSS-feed. Put this adress into your RSS-reader:
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Glorious premiere for Saint Erik at the Marks

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Anders Hedlund.

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:

  1. Anders Hedlund, 44 points.
  2. Markus Nyström, 33 points.
  3. Anders Eriksson, 32 points.

Organising Sweden’s first open championship in Shooting at the Marks, we are happy to notice the growing interest in this form of archery. There was plenty of media attention, covering our competition, such as:

The Sagittarii Holmiae would like to thank Anette Issa, responsible for organising the competition, and Tomas Tjernberg, who makes our marks (they are gorgeous!).

Above all, a huge thank you to all the archer’s and all the people to came to watch (and help out with security)! We will see you again at the next Saint Erik at the Marks!

(all results further down on this web page)

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Archer’s supper.

All results in the format of name, total score (12s, 7s, 3s):

  1. Anders Hedlund, 44 (2, 2, 2).
  2. Markus Nyström, 33 (0, 3, 4).
  3. Anders Eriksson, 32 (1, 2, 2).
  4. Tore Eriksson, 26 (1, 2, 0).
  5. Henrik Arnstad, Beppe Persson, Tomas Tjernberg, 26 (0, 2, 4).
  6. Martin Vårdstedt, 23 (0, 2, 3).
  7. Charlie Porsbjer, 20 (0, 2, 2).
  8. Adam Westlund, 18 (0, 0, 6).
  9. Anette Issa, 9 (0, 0, 3).

 

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Amazing archery material at the Stockholm Museum of History

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The Sagittarii Holmiae had the honor today, to be shown the historical archery material at the Stockholm Museum of History.

IMG_7435.jpgPh.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 hunting bow (flatbow) from around 1,000 AD, is displayed, along with some arrowheads. Detail right. Arrowheads below.

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Above a medieval longbow (14th or 15th century), probably a hunting bow.

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Above, the skull of a soldier, fallen at the battle of Visby in 1361. The skull is penetrated by an arrow from a crossbow.

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Perhaps most exciting was the remains of this heavy bow (above), which I would argue is probably a warbow. Made of pine, the bow is believed to originate från the period 500-800 AD. This however is unclear, since it hasn’t been examined using the C14-method.

Medieval arrowheads. A chain-mail penetrating needle-head left, an armour-piercing bodkin-head middle and maybe a hunting arrowhead to the right.

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The visit was truly an exciting moment for all of us. We extend our deepest gratitude towards dr. Regner and the staff of the museum, arranging this unique visit for us. Special thanks to Program Manager Li Kolker, who put us in contact with dr. Regner!

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

Skärmavbild 2015-01-03 kl. 20.58.31Sagittarii Holmiae wishes to congratulate The Longbow Shop in England, having been appointed one of ”Britain’s 27 most disruptive 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. Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games character, Katniss Everdeen, has helped encourage young people to take up the sport.

IMG_3860Well done! Currently, three of the company’s archers are shooting with beautiful longbows from The Longbow Shop, and hopefully more will do so, after our planned club trip to England during 2015. Until then, keep up the great work!