The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow

The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow


By (author) Hugh D. H. Soar

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  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing, U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Yardley
  • ISBN 10: 1594160902
  • ISBN 13: 9781594160905
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 80 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 138,106

Product description

Although the longbow is best known for its deployment during the Hundred Years' War, its origins lie with ancient Saxon seafighters and Welsh craftsmen, while today the bow is a vibrant part of the traditional archery scene.Through a remarkable command of primary sources and a judicious use of material evidence--including his own important collection of rare longbows--Hugh Soar establishes the deep connections of this bow to England,Scotland, and Wales and chronicles its use in warfare. In addition to the illustrated text, the book contains appendices detailing the history and design of bracers, tabs and tips, quivers, and arrowheads associated with the longbow.

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Author information

Hugh D. H. Soar is a leading specialist on traditional archery, including the history, design, and use of the longbow. He is the author of "Straight and True: A Select History of the Arrow," "The Romance of Archery," and (with Mark Stretton and Joseph Gibbs) "Secrets of the English War Bow."

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"* "Splendidly enthusiastic" -Bernard Cornwell * "A fascinating study of a forgotten weapon" -Wall Street Journal"