Do you suppose Medieval English longbowmen could do "trick shots" like Robin Hood?
I was watching the movie, Robin Hood, the one with Kevin Costner.
In many scenes, Robin Hood, the skilled archer, licks the feather fletchings, or tears them off or spits on the point or something in order to make the arrow do all sorts of wild stuff in flight.
Of course, this is mostly Hollywood bullshit.
But I got to wondering if some of those English archers, especially in the early decades of the Hundred Years War, when they were total hot shit, got their skills down to the point where they could actually do tricks with the arrows.
Sort of like the way professional golfers can shape shots while bozos like me hope that I will hit the ball straight.
Anybody know anything about that.