Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Recurve bow

Unlike the longbow, the ends of an unstrung recurve bow are curved away from the archer. This allows the strung bow to be more powerful and shorter than the longbow - ideal for the horsemen who invented it! Unlike the longbow, a one-piece recurve is made of several thin laminations fixed together in the recurved shape rather than one piece of straight wood.

Although one-piece recurve bows are used, particularly for field shooting, most modern recurve bows are made in three pieces - a body (called a riser) with two detachable limbs that fit into each end. These are called takedown bows. The riser is made of wood or lightweight metal alloy cast into shape or machined from a block of metal.

 

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Plackart
Part of armor. Covers the wearer's lower rib and stomach area. Attached with straps which allows better flexibility.
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Great bascinet
Late 14th early 15th century version of the bascinet where the mail aventail was replaced with two steel plates, one in the front and one in back.
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