By Nancy Royan
Librarian, Wedsworth Memorial Library 

Things You Might Not Have Known

Series: Library News | Story 26

January 11, 2024

Well, now... Here's something I bet you never knew before, and now that it is known, it is important to send it on to the more intelligent in the hope that they, too, will feel enlightened.

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing t...

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