Toxophilus; The Schole, or Partitions, of Shooting

9780217297813: Toxophilus; The Schole, or Partitions, of Shooting
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1788. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... used in olde time. The one he calleth oymvo; describinge it thus, havinge two pointes or barbes, lokinge backeward to the stele and the feathers, which surelye we call in Englijhc a brode arrowe head, or a swalowe tayle. The other he calleth yxaX'Ji having two pointes stretchinge forwarde, and this Englijhemen do call a forke heade: both these two kindes of heades were used in Homers dayes, for Teucer used forked heades, sayinge thus to Agamemnon, Eight good shastes have I shot Bth I came, ech one with a forke heade. Iliad. S. Pandarus heades and Ulyjses heades were brode arrowe heades, as a man maye learne in Homer, that would be curious in knowinge that matter. Hercules used forked heades, but yet they had three pointes or forkes, when other mens had but two. The Parthians at that great battaile where they flue riche Crajfus and his Tonne, used brode arrowe heads, whiche stacke so sore that the 5 Rsmaynes could not pull them out againe. Commodus the Emperour used forked heades, whose fashion 6 Herodian doth lively and naturallye describe, sayinge, that they were like the shap of a newe mone, wherewith he woulde smite the head of a birde, and never s Plutarchus in Crasso. 6 Herod. i. misse; other fashion of heades have not I redde on. Our Engltjhe heades be better in warre than eyther forked heades or brode arrowe heades. For first, the ende beinge lighter, they flee a great deale the faster, and, by the fame reason, geveth a farre sorer stripe. Yea, and, I suppose, if the same litle barbes which they have, were clean put awaye, they should be farre better. For this every man doth graunt, that a shaft, as long as it flyeth, * turnes, and when it leaveth turning, it leaveth going any farther. And every thing that enters by a turninge and boringe fashion...

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