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English longbowman – a soldier of fortune




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English longbowman – a soldier of fortune

Size ( waist circumference):
L - waist 85-91 cm (34-36 in.)
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  • Metal for helmet dome cold-rolled steel 1.5 mm (14 ga)
  • Fastenings leather straps with steel nickel-plated buckles
  • Metal for plate armour cold rolled 1mm
  • Color of leather fastening brown
  • Rivets steel nails
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This item is a custom-made, which means that our crafters use individual body measurements of a client for manufacture. Such type of manufacturing provides with a perfect fit of an item.

Metal for helmet dome
Metal for plate armour
Color of leather fastening
Size ( waist circumference)


Meet a cool medieval fellow – an Englishman, an archer, and a longbowman. Actually, a serious one – he is a veteran of Battle of Flodden. 

Remember the Battle of Flodden? You surely do! September 9, 1513. Troops of England and Scotland killing each other during Italian Wars. English army wins mostly thanks to longbowmen. Yep, same ones as our fellow. To be honest – this battle was the last one in British history where longbow was a principal weapon. That’s why it was so cool and significant.

English longbowmen’s glory rises from Battle of Sluys in 1340 and shines bright at Saint Crispin's Day, 1415, near Azincourt. 

Longbowmen were famous for their archery skill level developed by regular trainings and skill-sets passed down through generations. 

Numerous laws obligated archery practice on Sundays in dear old England. Besides, Henry VIII just liked longbows:

  • 1511 – every man up to 60 had and used longbows. 
  • 1513 – they truly showed that practice matters. 
  • 1520 – King Henry VIII personally demonstrated his archery skills to King Francis I. 
  • 1537 – Henry VIII formed a Guild and Fraternity of Saint George "for the better defence of the realm by the maintenance of the Science & Feate of Shooting". Interestingly, they weren't judged for murder if they killed anyone whilst practising with warning cry "Faste". Cry is still used nowadays, but law is not, note that.

Sadly, by the middle of the XVIth century, longbows weren't as deadly and longbowmen – as popular as before. But in the first third of the century, they were as cool as possible.

Our fellow wears simple clothes, already “not fashionable” at the beginning of the XVIth century. But why must this bother him at all, since in his homeland – Surrey County – everyone walks like that? 

This set includes:

  • dandy leather jack 
  • a cabasset on his head, it very well sits on archer’s head and protects shoulders from cavalrymen's blows from above  
  • plate shoulders are the most expensive part of armor. He got them as a trophy from a fallen knight.  And since Europe didn’t know about quivers until 1513, he wears arrows behind his belt.

Altogether, it makes a pleasant and interesting image of a XVIth century soldier of fortune, surely will have success at any medieval-styled event: SCA, HEMA, Reenactment, Larp, Stage performances, Medieval festivals.

So don't waste your time and order a custom-made high-quality medieval look from Steel Mastery. Any upgrades are available as additional options. Contact us via [email protected] with any wishes. 


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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