The Longbow
The Longbow
The Longbow
The Longbow
The Longbow
The Longbow
The Longbow
The Longbow

The Longbow

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The longbow was an extraordinary weapon. It had a rate of shooting unequalled until the late nineteenth century, and the impact of the arrowstorm could be devastating. At the height of the Hundred Years' War, the longbow was a key factor in the victories of the outnumbered English at Crecy and Poitiers. 

Mike Loades is a medieval weapons expert with many years' experience of warbows. In The Longbow he combines a history of combat archery on both land and sea with illustrated technical details, including the arrow-manufacturing process. Using modern ballistic testing and re-examination of the sources, he also reassesses the likely tactical use of the longbow, and what really gave it its fearsome reputation on the medieval battlefield. 

 

  • Written by Mike Loades
  • Number 30 in the Weapon series
  • Paperback edition
  • Published in 2013
  • 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 18.5cm x 24.5cm 

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