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Arrows vs Armour – Medieval Myth Busting

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Written by Leisureguy

30 January 2021 at 7:41 pm

Posted in History, Military, Video

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  1. There were very long arrowheads to go through armor and especially chain mail
    But above all, the armor if they were pierced by the crossbows, which had twice the power and reach of the arrow bows, also the crossbow bolts were shorter, but metallic and penetrated much more ..
    This video is a typical video reconstruction dramatized to hold attention for a few minutes, but it does not respond to the truth



    31 January 2021 at 8:55 am

  2. They were quite careful to state exactly what they were testing and how they settled on the testing objects. I don’t see how it is untruthful in any way. Could you point out the falsehoods you detected in the video.

    And, just to be clear, they were not testing the crossbow (which they do in other videos in their series), but rather the longbow. They made this quite clear in the video, along with the reason for the choice of that weapon for this test — namely, that longbows were in fact used at the Battle of Agincourt (as is depicted in images from the time as well as historical accounts).

    The question they were addressing was whether the longbow would have been effective against the armour of the time. The answer is shown in the video.

    Again: the question of how effective the crossbow may have been is not the point of the film. It is focused on the longbow.

    Here’s more information regarding the arrows.



    31 January 2021 at 9:19 am

  3. If you are interested in the crossbow, he has a good video on the medieval crossbow compared to a modern crossbow. Note the rate of fire of the medieval crossbow (vs. the longbow).



    31 January 2021 at 9:22 am

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