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The Medieval Archer Jim Bradbury

The Medieval Archer

Jim Bradbury

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ISBN : 9780312526658
Hardcover
198 pages
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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 centuryMoreThe 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.