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Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Thearos » 28 Jan 2015 01:57

You know the one, which got an astonishing 20 million hits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk

and a critique here (with which I rather agree, except the point on period art, but which got pretty vitriolic comments-- probably best left unread)

http://geekdad.com/2015/01/danish-archer/
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Jonathan Waller » 28 Jan 2015 09:01

It's been/being said elsewhere :D
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Thearos » 28 Jan 2015 10:12

Mr Admin has a video here, which I saw a while back; I am not sure it is specifically about the Danish chap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr_1z3GwxQk

I would be curious to hear e.g. from Alina, the historical archer.
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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 28 Jan 2015 13:13

Thearos wrote:I would be curious to hear e.g. from Alina, the historical archer.

I second that.
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Postby Ty N. » 29 Jan 2015 02:28

Matt has done quite of a lot of archery himself, and his recent video critique on speed shooting is sufficient, IMO.

I think Lars Anderson picked up archery around the same time the LOTR movies were all the rage, and he decided to become Legolas, but with an air of legitimacy. He adopted a skewed interpretation of 'historical manuscripts' (which aren't actual manuscripts, but rather artistic images from random sources) to suit his notion of history.

Holding arrows in the draw hand is neither new or news. I first read about it decades ago (because I'm that old).

Shooting arrows from the right side of the bow is also neither new nor news. His 'research' seems to assume everything he discovered had been long lost, which is nonsense.

I'd like to see Mr. Andersen get on the back of a fast horse and doing speed shooting with both hands off the reins, because that would be more historical than using arrows to split other arrows (which is a waste of arrows).
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Jonathan Waller » 29 Jan 2015 09:05

There are two elements to this, one is this guy has undeniable skills. The other is the dubious, sketchy, pick and mix approach to sources and often just plain wrong information. Using one to legitimise or justify each other OR to dismiss the other, are both equally wrong.
The problem for me is in that both his videos I have seen he has in twinned his skills with dubiously presented historical information
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Postby Ty N. » 29 Jan 2015 15:12

Yes, I totally agree.
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Sean M » 31 Jan 2015 10:17

Jonathan Waller wrote:It's been/being said elsewhere :D

Yes: even Mike Loades has chipped in. Lets all read a David Nicolle book or go down to the local archery range rather than give this guy more publicity!
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby KeithFarrell » 31 Jan 2015 13:32

Alex Bourdas wrote and posted yesterday's blog article on Encased in Steel as part of his ongoing campaign to address and debunk bad science and misrepresentative scholarship. This time, he looked at the video about "speed archery":

http://historical-academy.co.uk/blog/2015/01/30/on-speed-archery/
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Thearos » 07 Feb 2015 23:31

A video rebuttal

http://www.skeptic.com/insight/pulling- ... ery-video/

(but I don't agree with the argument that historical images are not trustworthy-- you have to decide, case by case)
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby Michael Chidester » 08 Feb 2015 15:55

Statistically, ~100% of people who think they've figured out something no one else knows are wrong.
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Re: Will no one comment on the Danish archer ?

Postby kublai » 11 Nov 2015 20:58

All I can say is that in "Archery circles" he is seen as a trick shooter, the kind you find on any good fairground or circus, entertaining but about as much good as a Chocolate fireguard :D
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