Me and my longbow: aiming for the Middle Ages

We didn’t get up to too much this weekend owing to the weather and the need to drive out to Peterborough to replace our pushchair.

We DID get a chance to do some Archery however, as my rather wonderful wife explains in her blog – please do take a look.


My last two posts about Royal Hunting Forests and Outlaws have triggered a strong yearning to shoot my longbow, something I haven’t managed to do over the past few months. As the Tingewick Parish Council have kindly given us permission to set up on the village playing field, and the weather was fair yesterday morning, we seized the opportunity to shoot some arrows. And boy it felt good – a bit of archery satisfies my medieval cravings, it’s a good way to relieve stress and vent frustrations, and it’s also great fun.

I adore my longbow. It’s a thing of beauty. It was made for me by a supremely talented bowman called Steve Ralphs who crafts movie bows. He’s consulted and made bows for all kinds of productions, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Braveheart and Robin Hood with Russell Crowe. In fact, I’ve even been lucky enough to shoot one…

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4 thoughts on “Me and my longbow: aiming for the Middle Ages”

    1. Please do – she writes really well. We had a great time on Saturday, it was the first time we’d used this new location – the village sports field, and we had the place to ourselves. It’s not a big bow, only about 35lbs, but it could still lob the arrows about 1 and 1/2 football pitches in distance – which was great fun!


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