>> Hello, there! :)
>> I've been reading, recently, a book set in our Middle Age. Also, I've
> been participating on some Role Play of the same sort.
>> I was wondering, therefor, what types of wood were more common in
> middle age weapons, such as bows, arrows, spears, staffs, etc, and why
> that wood was preferred over others.
>> I am interested in this not only because of my role play :) but also
> because I study Silviculture. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Bows classically from yew, *Taxus baccata*, which were therefore planted
in churchyards in England, since the church served as a fortress (those
stone towers. Arrows often from European *Pinus& species.
Axes usually with a shaft of ash, *Fraxinus exselsior*, like
hockey-sticks: strong and slightly supple.
Staffs often from blackthorn, *Prunus spinosa*, but I'm not sure if you
can get really long ones. Good strong and heavy wood, though. An oaken
staff would be pretty good, too, though I prefer Olive myself.