Nikolas: I was being given a tour around the rather large and impressive reenactors’ camp at the Visby Medieval Festival when I was shown some armour. Well this well-made armour – this was made by who?>>Guide: Albert Collins>>OK, so a Swedish armourer who is much admired in Sweden and you can see that even though he’s moving this through its range of movement there’s almost no gap between these plates arriving so it’d be very difficult to slide a blade through any of these little gaps during a fight. Nice. A short while later, I saw that something was going on.>>The armour, down there–
>>It’s actually the breastplate of [Thomas], from Albert.>>OK, oh no, that is a real breastplate from from Albert, the armourer from before.>>Wow.>>It’s quite expensive. Yes, he paid about 6,000 Swedish krona for that.>>Right. [6,000 SEK=c. £530 or US$700] (O.S.): That is Swede– real … (thwang)
(THACK) (crowd cheers) A 120 pound English longbow.>>N: Wa-hey, 120 pounds – defeated! This is the result of a 120 pound warbow. Is that right?>>It was 130.
>>130?>>N: Ok, this is the result of a 130 pound [c. 59 kg] warbow being shot at a piece of steel and just breaking and not even scratching it. Is that true – not even a scratch?>>Not even a scratch. Well, a scratch.>>Ah, it’s good. You’d want a scratch, wouldn’t you – for the anecdote?>>Yes.>>You know, this is where a longbow hit me.>>But it wasn’t a dent. It just scratched the surface.>>So – armour works.>>Yes. And this one is a 1/2 inch [12.7 mm] of ash.>>Oh yes, I can see that is a substantial arrow.>>113g [4oz], I think.>>Thank you very much. Can you see the mark? There it is. Ooohh h – Double A.>>Here we have a happy smith. Why are you happy?>>Albert Collins, the armourer: Because it’s proven that it could cope with an arrow hitting it. So I’m very happy.>>And 130 pounds! And that wasn’t very far – that was only 20 yards? Something like that?>>But I though that it would not break.>>All right – you had confidence.>>Yes, I had confidence.>>So why weren’t you wearing it?>>Because I have children, and you know if it missed and hit my head …
>>(o.s.): It’s not his size!>>Yeah; it’s not my size, exactly!>>Some considerable while later and they’re still looking for that arrow-head. It just disappeared. It did turn up eventually. That head must have been made of pretty tough stuff too. ♪ (The Mandeville March) ♪ LINDYBEIGE!
♪ (The Mandeville March) ♪ What do you say, Mr Collins?