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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 ...
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Overview

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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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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The first in-depth study of the archer in the medieval period. Most historians skip from Hastings to the time of Edward I and the Hundred Years' War, but Bradbury covers the entire period. His keen examination of battle tactics in the 12th century restores a lost chapter in the history of English archery. The legend of Robin Hood is carefully examined to show that it is much more than a rousing tale. Implicit in the story is the prestige and status that the yeoman archer enjoyed at the time. The final chapters look at the archer in the early 15th century and chronicle the rise of the handgun as the major infantry weapon, at the expense of the bow. By the end of the Tudor Age, despite injunctions that archery should be regularly practiced by all able-bodied men, the bow belonged to a past golden age rather than to current warfare. Black-and-white illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851156750
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/3/1996
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,447,422
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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