The English longbow is laden with myth; of its origins, its power, its achievements. That and the centuries that have passed since it was used in earnest, means that the knowledge of what it was actually capable of doing has also passed.
The Seax of Beagnoth is the most iconic langseax in existence. The seax is a mighty 55cm long and every inch/cm is covered in twisted wire inlay. Geometric on one side and the Futhorc alphabet and the single name 'Beagnoth' on the other.
Read on to see how this unique Saxon seax was recreated in every detail.
Hand spanned bows were initially the norm, but as the power of crossbows increased, human ingenuity came up with all manner of devices to span these more powerful crossbows - this blog talks you through them.
Crossbows came in a great variety of forms; these changed over time and due to their purpose. What follows is a very concise and general treatise on European bows.