Sword of Shrewsbury
The Sword of Shrewsbury is 3 competitions in one. Separate prizes are awarded for clout and target but the overall winner is the archer who does best in both disciplines. Archers are ranked according to their scores in each event and the rankings added together to give the overall position. The archer with the lowest number of ranking points is the overall champion. The Sword of Shrewsbury is awarded to the Gents Champion while the Ladies dagger is awarded to the Lady Champion.
The winners of the individual competitions are determined according to BLBS rules –
Clout – 1st = highest score for the double clout, 2nd = highest score for clout 1, 3rd = highest score for clout 2. Target – 1st = most hits, 2nd = highest score, 3rd = most golds.
Under these rules it is possible to have the second highest overall score but not feature in the top 3.
The competition commemorates the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 which was the second bloodiest battle fought on English soil and was one of only 2 battles where longbows were used by both sides, the other being Towton. Henry Percy (Hotspur) led a rebel army trying to overthrow King Henry IV. Part of the king’s army was led by prince Henry (later Henry V) and it is thought that this is where he learned to use longbow archers so effectively at Agincourt and other battles during the Hundred years war. Archers are considered to be part of the king’s army when shooting one clout and part of the rebel army when shooting the other clout. The total scores for the 2 clouts are added together to determine whether the king or rebels won the Battle of Shrewsbury this year. – Dick Hilton.
SHROPSHIRE ARCHERY SOCIETY COUNTY INDOOR CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS