richard roopMemberMay 15, 2019 at 9:23 pmPost count: 119
Been thumbing thru my latest book, ‘With Bended Bow’, Archery In Medieval And Renaissance Europe. by Erik Roth. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting read, but I keep noticing distance given as xx score. As in …………
Full fifteen score your mark shall be
Full fifteen score shall stand
I lay my bow, said Clifton then
We cleave the willow wand.
Robin Hood and Queen Katherine.
So …………………… does anybody know how far a ‘score’ is ?????
Raymond CoffmanModeratorMay 16, 2019 at 5:58 amPost count: 852
Wikipedia says a score is A unit of measure denoting 20 ( checked to verify my memory, which is suspect these days – haha) it can be time or distance – 20 of anything –
“4 score and 7 yrs” is 87 yrs. Gettysburg address – time since declaration of independence for instance.
In England ( what is the authors nationality? ) it could be yards or rods (5.5 ft)
Scout aka Ray
RalphModeratorMay 16, 2019 at 6:36 amPost count: 2509
“4 score and 7 yrs” is 87 yrs.
That be a record for a flight shoot… :-)))
I still got 13 years before that arrow lands “I shot an arrow in the air, where it lands I know not where”…
Doc Nock told me I was full of wisdom this morning.
Me, I’m thinking it’s more like full of ****.
Raymond CoffmanModeratorMay 16, 2019 at 11:35 amPost count: 852
Yes – 300 yds very possibly – extreme range for the longbow from my historical readings or :
Score just means 20 of whatever – 15score yards = 300 — 15 score feet = 300ft / 100yds – I think – haha, best I can figure –
Scout aka Ray
RalphModeratorMay 16, 2019 at 5:06 pmPost count: 2509
I used a popular search engine and ask “what distance is a score?”
I guarantee what we are sharing, sensible or my nonsense, make way better sense than what came up on my computer.
So I’m outta here with a score being twenty of whatever you have twenty of IMHO…or what you are tallying on a score card/board.
Andrew Jackson figured out what a score of dollars is. . :-))
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Raymond CoffmanModeratorMay 18, 2019 at 5:53 amPost count: 852
Thanks for the comment, googled it and found reference to medieval archery – tgts and ranges —
A willow wand* apparently was a wood tgt 6ft tall by 6 inches wide ( aprox) often at 100yds ( 15 score ft?) I also saw a mention and map of Finsbury Fields an area in London used for archery in the 1400s that had tgts ranging out to 345 yds—
* one source said this was thought to represent a castle shooting opening ( loophole/ arrow firing slit —
Scout aka Ray
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