As keen archers and reenactors, last year our retinue travelled to Azincourt to celebrate the 600 anniversary of the Battle on the battlefield itself.
From the feeling of companionship we shared at the event with archers from all over the world, we were intensely conscious of the archers of long ago in that life or death battle. To this end, I was moved to carve a tribute to them to celebrate their triumph which was one of the highspots in English mediaeval history, especially for English longbowmen.
The tribute takes the form of three archers standing back to back, displaying as much variation of kit as possible and cut off mid thigh with the Arc of the bows touching at the top forming a bubble of companionship.
Where the bows meet at the top is a cross of St George; by the side of the archers are the stakes angled to protect them from the French cavalry, the base is surrounded by arrows stuck in the ground ready for use. From a distance, the whole thing has the appearance of them fighting from within the crown.
The work is large and carved from English Yew, (Taxus Baccata) as a reflection and tribute to the longbows used in the battle. It is designed to be displayed at the Musee De Azincourt with a cast copy taken for the battlefield itself.
The following photos will show how this has progressed from the back of a cigarette packet sketch. If you watch this space you will see it’s further development on a regular basis.