finnobreanan wrote:the_power wrote:http://shop.museum.ie/p-80-weapons-and-warfare-in-viking-and-medieval-dublin.aspx has pretty much everything you need to know about archery from the archeological record - dozesn of bows, and hundreds of every type of arrow you can think of. Even a viking crossbow, with an antler nut. Some nice conclusions about the change from unarmoured to armoured targets, based on how arrowheads changed in shape and type.
Thanks for the heads-up on this book. I ordered a copy directly from the museum, since the only copy I could find for sale here in the US cost $165.00 (128 Euros)!
the_power wrote:Brendan, most of the Brehon Law books were based on 7/8thC texts, before there were bowyers. I'd use that as an excuse. There may have been a fear around revising hallowed texts. Check out the number of references to slavery in the US constitution, or references to christian ethos in the Irish constitution which aren't compatible with the modern world.
brendan wrote:I am not sure that I'd agree with the notion that the later medieval Brehon lawyers didn't understand the older texts. However, I am happy enough to agree that they would understand it AND the subsequent interpretations and use as they saw fit. Like modern lawyers but with more language skills required.
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