The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose

The Great Warbow From Hastings to the Mary Rose The Great Warbow is a vivid and exciting exploration of the bow and arrow as weapons of war From before the Domesday Book through Anglo Saxon England medieval Wales and Ireland the crusades Bannoc

  • Title: The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose
  • Author: Matthew Strickland Robert Hardy
  • ISBN: 9780750931670
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Great Warbow is a vivid and exciting exploration of the bow and arrow as weapons of war From before the Domesday Book, through Anglo Saxon England, medieval Wales and Ireland, the crusades, Bannockburn and the Wars of the Roses, until the time of the Tudors, this book takes us on a wide ranging and fascinating journey through history Tactics, myths, origins, defenseThe Great Warbow is a vivid and exciting exploration of the bow and arrow as weapons of war From before the Domesday Book, through Anglo Saxon England, medieval Wales and Ireland, the crusades, Bannockburn and the Wars of the Roses, until the time of the Tudors, this book takes us on a wide ranging and fascinating journey through history Tactics, myths, origins, defense and armor are all discussed as are the different types of bow shortbow, longbow, composite bows and crossbow Crucial to our understanding of archery through the ages was the discovery of the wreck of the Mary Rose Built during Henry VIII s reign, she sank in 1545 and it was not until 1979 that a great discovery was made On board were chests of bows, many in excellent condition, which challenged ideas of historical bow design Robert Hardy was one of the experts consulted when the bows were found From this evidence, as from archaeological finds and medieval illustrations, Robert Hardy and Matthew Strickland have produced the definitive work on medieval military archery This lively and informative book is a must read for anyone interested in the historical background of the great warbow.

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    1. Matthew Strickland assumes that the reader has a firm grasp of medieval history especially as regards arms and men (necessary or this 5.5 pound tome would have weighed in at 10.5 pounds) - after plowing through 407 pages detailing the construction and use of the longbow (and googling all of the archaic terms for arms and armor) I have greatly increased my knowledge of medieval England and Europe (not saying much as there was none too much to begin with). Archery using a yew longbow would make fo [...]

    2. A somewhat drier read than co-author Robert Hardy's other great work, Longbow, a Social and Military History, this is still far and away the most comprehensive and interesting study of the medieval (and early Renaissance) military longbow. Anyone interested in archery or medieval-era military history must read this definitive work.

    3. Probably currently the definitive history of the medieval longbow. Strickland wrote the majority of the work and his sections are significantly superior to those of Hardy. Overall a great book, with that one qualifier.

    4. Started reading this, and found it very interesting and engaging. Unfortunately it's just too damned big to carry around, and I do a lot of my reading away from home. So back to the "to-read" pile for the moment

    5. Learned a lot about longbows! Read it backwards - chapter by chapter - so I came to the best last - the fabulous hoard of bows from the Mary Rose.

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