• Were archers effective at war in history?

    This guy on a message board is arguing with me that archers were not effective in wars or skirmishes. He said people can just side-step a little and dodge it. I told him that was ludicrious and he says this: "most of them DID side step arrows. Archers really weren't that useful back in times of war... show more
    This guy on a message board is arguing with me that archers were not effective in wars or skirmishes. He said people can just side-step a little and dodge it. I told him that was ludicrious and he says this: "most of them DID side step arrows. Archers really weren't that useful back in times of war unless the enemy was fighting in rows like in the movie Braveheart, or there were hundreds of them lined up. Even then they hit their OWN men too." Now, I am no History Major, but, A Bow and Arrow were probably the 3rd most popular weapon after swords (knifes) and spears, why would they use them if they weren't effective? Consider if you only had 2 Archers vs. a sword wielder with no armor. Would he stand a chance? This guy is saying, "Oh, he can just dodge them easily." Even with a shield, he won't be able to gain much ground, and while 1 keeps him in check and with his shield up, the other can shoot at an angle and get him from above. Right?
    22 answers · History · 9 hours ago
  • Why doesn't communism work?

    Like in the soviet union? I've heard the whole "ideally it works but in the real world it doesn't"? Why is that? I'm not too knowledgeable on it's history or what caused it to fail, so any kind of explanation would be nice, thanks
    Like in the soviet union? I've heard the whole "ideally it works but in the real world it doesn't"? Why is that? I'm not too knowledgeable on it's history or what caused it to fail, so any kind of explanation would be nice, thanks
    28 answers · History · 20 hours ago
  • Did the internet screw libraries over?

    Best answer: It has had some effect, but not as much as some seem to think.
    Best answer: It has had some effect, but not as much as some seem to think.
    28 answers · History · 2 days ago
  • Can an apple tree grow in a forest?

    Im writing a book and the character is currently lost in a forest. Is it realistic enough to have her find an apple tree?
    Im writing a book and the character is currently lost in a forest. Is it realistic enough to have her find an apple tree?
    19 answers · Books & Authors · 2 days ago
  • Which is more important: happiness or responsibility?

    I have to decide between one of the two. Before you assume anything, know this; if I choose responsibility, I will not be happy under any circumstance, but if I choose happiness, I'll always feel like I should have been responsible. The happiness path has me get married, have kids, a nice house, no money... show more
    I have to decide between one of the two. Before you assume anything, know this; if I choose responsibility, I will not be happy under any circumstance, but if I choose happiness, I'll always feel like I should have been responsible. The happiness path has me get married, have kids, a nice house, no money problems, the works... But the responsibility path will lead me to do something remarkable and benevolent, while it costs me my own life experience; no friends, no family, no love.
    22 answers · Philosophy · 2 days ago
  • Ancient weapons expert as a career?

    I love the weapons of the ancient world and even those of the dark ages. On T.V. i always see titles of people like "ancient weapons expert" or "roman weapons expert" and i was wondering if that is a specific career and how i would go about acquiring it. Is it an actual job or just a side... show more
    I love the weapons of the ancient world and even those of the dark ages. On T.V. i always see titles of people like "ancient weapons expert" or "roman weapons expert" and i was wondering if that is a specific career and how i would go about acquiring it. Is it an actual job or just a side interest or something? I would greatly appreciate answers, thanks in advance!
    11 answers · History · 2 days ago
  • What is the difference of the middle ages and the modern era when in terms of social structure?

    Thanks in advance.
    Thanks in advance.
    16 answers · History · 2 days ago
  • Doth thou like rhis poem, what say ye?

    Woe is wondrously clinging The clouds drift by The flowers are dwindling Just withered whisps Thier lives gone by Wilted and crumbling A continuum of despair Once cherry blossoming petals Slumped fatigued as waning stalks declare A hatred which affected them That is the wickedness they wear Back to the dust... show more
    Woe is wondrously clinging The clouds drift by The flowers are dwindling Just withered whisps Thier lives gone by Wilted and crumbling A continuum of despair Once cherry blossoming petals Slumped fatigued as waning stalks declare A hatred which affected them That is the wickedness they wear Back to the dust and shadows the rains say They never danced, nor did they care.
    11 answers · Poetry · 2 days ago
  • Are people who don't want kids selfish?

    Are they selfish because they don't want them? If yes, does that not mean that people who have kids are selfish because they wanted them.
    Are they selfish because they don't want them? If yes, does that not mean that people who have kids are selfish because they wanted them.
    11 answers · Philosophy · 11 hours ago
  • Is it ok a young teen boy and his big sister were cast as a dating couple and they flirted with each other like this in a movie?

    Is it ok a young teen boy and his big sister were cast as a dating couple and they flirted with each other like this in a movie?

    Best answer: If it's just acting and the feelings don't extend beyond the screen, then yes.
    Best answer: If it's just acting and the feelings don't extend beyond the screen, then yes.
    6 answers · Theatre & Acting · 3 days ago
  • In WWII, why didn't the Allies invade Germany through Italy?

    Italy fell to Allied forces around 1943-44, I believe. Since Italy shares a border with Austria to the North, I never understood why the Allies didn't simply invade the Third Reich from the south. This would have completely circumnavigated Hitler's Atlantic Wall, and would have been easier than the D-Day... show more
    Italy fell to Allied forces around 1943-44, I believe. Since Italy shares a border with Austria to the North, I never understood why the Allies didn't simply invade the Third Reich from the south. This would have completely circumnavigated Hitler's Atlantic Wall, and would have been easier than the D-Day landings.
    36 answers · History · 4 days ago
  • Why did kings have multiple wives?

    Best answer: Back then kings were able to have multiple wives because only a son could be heir to the throne and his successor When a king died the one to take the throne would be his next available male kin Such as his nephew or brother if he had no son Or if his son was too young Daughters could not they would be... show more
    Best answer: Back then kings were able to have multiple wives because only a son could be heir to the throne and his successor

    When a king died the one to take the throne would be his next available male kin
    Such as his nephew or brother if he had no son
    Or if his son was too young

    Daughters could not they would be married off
    Typically back then if a man married a woman
    And that woman could not produce children nor could not bare a son he could marry another woman

    However that does not mean he had multiple wives. The title of wife and queen could only be given to one woman the rest were all mistresses. So translation he had one main girl at a time the rest were all side chicks -_-

    If his son was not of age that was at least 13 he could not take the throne either

    Thus back then they needed multiple wives to bear multiple sons in order to ensure the best son would be the success for the throne

    This tradition went on till Mary 1st was queen
    Aka Bloody Mary
    14 answers · History · 1 day ago
  • Can you remove the cars from this photo, please?

    Here s the photo: http://imgur.com/a/LAJio I really like this shot with the sun and the library, but I m not a photoshop master. I made a pano, and the cars were just passing. Thanks :)
    Here s the photo: http://imgur.com/a/LAJio I really like this shot with the sun and the library, but I m not a photoshop master. I made a pano, and the cars were just passing. Thanks :)
    12 answers · Photography · 2 days ago