Military Anecdote Day- I Shot An Arrow Into The Air…

by Daniel Russ on April 26, 2010


June 8th, 1189, Richard I The Lionheart has led an armada across the Mediterranean to lay siege to Acre.

A Welsh archer outside the fortress and a Turkish archer inside the fortress decide to have a contest. Each will stand still while the other gets a free shot.

The Turk goes first and misses. He then suggests that they have two shots each. The Welsh archer agrees and while the Turk is stringing his second shot, the Welsh archer kills him

He kept the pact not, so he spoke

So by Saint Denis, mine I broke

Source: Ronald Finucane, The Oxford Book Of Military Anecdotes


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