Medieval archery and the nobility

Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf (John R Edgerton) of the West Kingdom has written an extensive document on the use of archery by members of the upper classes during the Middle Ages. War Archery & Social Status is available to read as a PDF online.

Sir Jon writes that the article was created in response to remarks such as “Nobles and gentry never used archery in battle.” And “Only peasants and serfs used archery in battle.” He believes that these statements are misconceptions and addresses the use of archery by nobles in his paper.