Sutton Publishing, 2005. — 576 p.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, 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.Matthew Strickland is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow. Robert Hardy is famous for appearing in All Creatures Great and Small and the Harry Potter films. Away from acting, he is an acknowledged expert on archery; he is a Trustee of the Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London and of the Mary Rose Trust, and the author of Longbow: A Social and Military History.
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