English Longbowman 1330-1515

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Bloomsbury USA, Oct 8, 1999 - History - 64 pages
The English military ascendancy which lasted from the mid-14th to the early 16th century was founded upon defensive tactics based on the use of the longbow. This weapon, distinctive in that it was used by English forces alone, was probably the most effective missile weapon of the Late Middle Ages: its arrow had the same penetrative ability as a modern day bullet and the bow's rate of fire was not equalled by any weapon used by English forces until the adoption of the Lee Enfield rifle at the beginning of the 20th century. The English longbowmen's involvement in wars such as the War of the Roses (1455-1485) and One Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) is discussed.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A book about archers, that was actually written by an archer with practical experience of the art. Thus, a fine brief look at the major weapon system. It has nice pictures, and some useful diagrams. Well worth the money. Read full review

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User Review  - ksmyth - LibraryThing

This entry from the Osprey Warrior series does exactly what it should do. Author Clive Bartlett provides an overview of the longbowmen and then adds information about longbow tactics, dress, the ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Clive Bartlett has spent many years researching the English army of the late medieval period. He is also a practicing long bow archer renowned in that field.

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