The Longbow

The Longbow

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By (author) Mike Loades, Illustrated by Peter Dennis

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 244mm x 4mm | 1,280g
  • Publication date: 17 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782000852
  • ISBN 13: 9781782000853
  • Illustrations note: 20 MONO, 35 COL
  • Sales rank: 136,871

Product description

An iconic medieval missile weapon, the deadly longbow made possible the English victories at Crecy and Poitiers at the height of the Hundred Years' War. The longbow was the weapon at the heart of the English military ascendancy in the century after 1340. Capable of subjecting the enemy to a hail of deadly projectiles, the longbow in the hands of massed archers made possible the extraordinary victories enjoyed by English forces over superior numbers at Crecy and Poitiers, and remained a key battlefield weapon throughout the Wars of the Roses and beyond. It also played a leading role in raiding, siege and naval warfare. Its influence and use spread to the armies of Burgundy, Scotland and other powers, and its reputation as a cost-effective and easily produced weapon led to calls for its widespread adoption among the nascent armies of the American Republic as late as the 1770s.

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Author information

Mike Loades is a respected author, broadcaster, director and action arranger who has made numerous television appearances as a historical weapons expert and military historian. His book Swords and Swordsmen, published by Pen & Sword in 2010, attracted positive reviews for its knowledgeable but engaging approach.

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By Samoax 06 Jun 2014 5

contains evrything you nee to know about the Longbow, it's many uses, origin, benefits, history and importance. it is sayd that during World War Two, Jack Churchill, a British officer killed a German officer in France with his Longbow similar to those in this book. God bless Mike loades!

By GR Boxell 23 Oct 2013 4

I bought Mike LoadesΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬Ε“The LongbowΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬Β because I am a re-enactor with the persona of a 14thC English yeoman archer and I want to read anything and everything that will help me gain a fuller understanding of the man I represent. I have seen many of the TV documentaries that the author has been involved with. He is an outstanding weapons master and the TV programmes do contain a lot of information and include many experiments to test what is known and what is said about fighting and warfare of the medieval period. I do, however, sometimes raise a questioning eyebrow at some of Mike LoadesΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ conclusions. The book deals with some of the experiments contained in the programmes and it soon becomes obvious that time constrains and editing have distorted the conclusions you would make form watching them: the book gives a much more balanced interpretation.
The main reason I wanted the book was for the information on blunt force trauma caused by arrows, even when they do not penetrate armour and it reinforces my own theories.
One thing I still donΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t agree with the author on is how the war bow was used on the battlefield. I agree with him that long range (300 yards +) was rare and used for harassment and provocation. I would agree with 200 yards as the best range to start an arrow storm. What I canΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’t agree with is the use of the bow at extreme short range in a melee situation. As a re-enactor who uses a longbow I know just how much room you need to use it and it cannot be used in a crush ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β€œ you need about two foot either side of you to nock an arrow (this was one of the factors that made the musket more practical than the bow).
Nevertheless, it is a good book and ideal for those who want short read that will give the reader a good insight into the weapon and the men who welded it. For a more detailed study I would recommend Richard WadgeΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’s ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬Ε“Arrow StormΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬Β.

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Introduction /Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Select Bibliography /Index