The Yeoman's "Pecok Arwes".

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  • Author(s): THOMPSON, KENNETH J.1
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    Chaucer Review. 2020, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p55-69. 15p.
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      medieval weapons
    • Abstract:
      While attention to the Knight's Yeoman in Chaucer's General Prologue typically focuses on his weapons, fundamental misunderstandings regarding those weapons persist in the critical commentary. The character's peacock-fletched arrows are perhaps the most frequently misinterpreted component of his arms. This article contextualizes the peacock fletching of the Yeoman's arrows by explicating birdwing anatomy, the appearance of various peacock feathers, medieval fletching practices, and historical references to peacockfletched arrows. Rather than being ostentatious, peacock fletching was mundane--unless enhanced by decorative embellishments. Based on reported uses of peacock-fletched arrows, it appears likely that esteem for such arrows was based more on performance than appearance, and a subsequent analysis of how the Yeoman's fletching is likely trimmed supports the tactical utility of his arrows. In this light, the Yeoman's "pecok arwes" suggest that he is a consummate bowman and a lethally effective companion to the Knight. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      1San Diego, California
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    • ABNT:
      THOMPSON, K. J. The Yeoman’s “Pecok Arwes”. Chaucer Review, [s. l.], v. 55, n. 1, p. 55–69, 2020. DOI 10.5325/chaucerrev.55.1.0055. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      THOMPSON KJ. The Yeoman’s “Pecok Arwes.” Chaucer Review. 2020;55(1):55-69. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.1.0055
    • APA:
      THOMPSON, K. J. (2020). The Yeoman’s “Pecok Arwes.” Chaucer Review, 55(1), 55–69.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      THOMPSON, KENNETH J. 2020. “The Yeoman’s ‘Pecok Arwes.’” Chaucer Review 55 (1): 55–69. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.1.0055.
    • Harvard:
      THOMPSON, K. J. (2020) ‘The Yeoman’s “Pecok Arwes”’, Chaucer Review, 55(1), pp. 55–69. doi: 10.5325/chaucerrev.55.1.0055.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      THOMPSON, KJ 2020, ‘The Yeoman’s “Pecok Arwes”’, Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 55–69, viewed 20 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      THOMPSON, KENNETH J. “The Yeoman’s ‘Pecok Arwes.’” Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 55–69. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.1.0055.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      THOMPSON, KENNETH J. “The Yeoman’s ‘Pecok Arwes.’” Chaucer Review 55, no. 1 (January 2020): 55–69. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.55.1.0055.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      THOMPSON KJ. The Yeoman’s “Pecok Arwes.” Chaucer Review [Internet]. 2020 Jan [cited 2020 Oct 20];55(1):55–69. Available from: