The Medieval Archer

The Medieval Archer

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It is a delight to read a book which recognises the importance of warfare in medieval times...also...discusses the changing role of the archer in medieval society. SIR STEVEN RUNCIMANThis book traces the history of the archer in the medieval period, from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses. From a close study of early evidence, Mr Bradbury shows that the archer's role before the time of Edward I was an important but rarely documented one, and that his new prominence in the fourteenth century was the result of changes in development of military tactics rather than the introduction of the famous 'longbow'. A second thread of the book examines the archer's role in society, with particular reference to that most famous of all archers, Robin Hood. The final chapters look at the archer in the early fifteenth century and then chronicle the rise of the handgun as the major infantry weapon at the bow's expense. JIM BRADBURY writes and lectures on battles and warfare in England and France in the middle ages.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 16mm | 539.77g
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 82, 60 black & white illustrations, 22 black & white line drawings, 60 black and white, 22 line drawing
  • 0851156754
  • 9780851156750
  • 276,283

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It is a delight to read a book which recognises the importance of warfare in medieval times and describes a highly important element in the fighting, the use of archers, illustrating it with clear accounts of a long series of battles in which archery played a part, and which also, to satisfy modern historiographical tastes, discusses the changing role of the archer in medieval society. STEPHEN RUNCIMAN, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH A work of very considerable value to all those interested in medieval military history. He does full justice to the role the bow and the archer played in medieval history, and ably discusses the ambivalent attitude of the great and powerful towards the common archer. GUY WILSON, MASTER OF THE ARMOURIES, ROYAL ARMOURIES

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This history of the archer in the middle ages, from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses, opens with a definition of the differing kinds of bows in use, and challenges the usual assumption that the 'longbow' was a new and devastating weapon adopted by English armies from the late thirteenth century onwards.

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Review Text

From the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses, this book traces the history of the archer in the medieval period. It shows that the archer's role before the time of Edward I was an important but rarely documented one, and that his new prominence in the fourteenth century was the result of changes in development of military tactics.

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