The Medieval Archer

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Press:Boydell & Brewer Inc Boydell Press (January 7, 2014)
Publication Date:2011-8
ISBN:9780851156750
Author Name:Bradbury, Jim
Pages:206
Language:English

Content

This 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.

From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

JIM BRADBURY writes and lectures on battles and warfare in England and France in the middle ages.

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History,Military,Weapons & Warfare,Conventional,Europe,Great Britain,England



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  •     O.K., nevertheless the book is almost about English and some of French archery only, which does not represent "the medieval archery" too much.
  •     Jim Bradbury's The Medieval Archer indeed lives up to its reputation as the go-to book for archery, remaining historiographically relevant even after all these years since its publishing. His take on both the archer military and social roles are more than welcome on an academy that's still dominated by horsemanship prowess.
  •     This book could be more properly titled the English Longbowman. Secondarily it treats crossbows. There aren't many historical sources to draw from, so not much is known about them. Most of what is known comes from the Hundred Years War, if you've read about that you won't learn much more from this book. This book is a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with the subject, otherwise you won't learn a whole lot because of the scarcity of source material. It is pretty good as a debunking book because unlike a lot of historians of medieval warfare, the author declines to perpetuate unsupported theories, such as Edward I having anything to do with the invention or adoption of the longbow. While I was disappointed at the amount of new info I picked up from the book, I did learn enough and it was enjoyable to read so overall I'm glad to have read it.
  •     The Medieval Archer traces the use of archery in English wars, from the Battle of Hastings, in 1066, to the Wars of the Roses which ended with the death of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, in 1485.The book has interesting details about a few English battles before the Norman Conquest and interesting details about crossbows, as well as the shortbows used on the Continent, but it really is about the English longbow, during the time it flourished.The English longbow was very lethal, very fast shooting and cheap to make, but required great skill to use. It allowed small English armies to dominate larger French armies for a long time. The wonder was that English bowmen did not use such a potent weapon to sweep away their own kings and princes, or that slow-firing, less accurate gunpowder weapons were able to displace it so quickly.Read this book and learn why.

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