The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose by Matthew Strickland & Robert Hardy

The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose by Matthew Strickland & Robert Hardy soon to be presented for sale on the impressive BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Graphs; Colour photographs; Maps; Appendix; Plans;

From the cover: In 1979, divers excavating the wreck of the Tudor warship the Mary Rose discovered numerous yew longbows in remarkable condition, some still in their packing chests. These finds have revolutionised our knowledge of the power and performance of the weapon that helped to win the great battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt. Robert Hardy, one of the experts closely involved in the conservation of the Mary Rose bows, joins medieval historian Matthew Strickland to produce a major new study of the medieval longbow at war.

Though the longbow is most famous for its role in the Hundred Years War, the authors take us on a fascinating journey through its long history in warfare from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period right up to the Wars of the Roses and the longbows gradual decline in Tudor England. We see its deployment in diverse theatres of war, in Wales and Ireland, on the crusades in Syria and Palestine, and in guerrilla warfare deep in the forests of England. The longbows increasing importance is traced through the bitter Anglo-Scottish wars of Edward I and Edward II, including the great battle of Bannockburn, to its apogee in the fields of France under Edward III and Henry V. Tactical developments and the weapons performance against armour are closely examined, while a comparative study of the crossbow and composite bow provides an essential context for the longbows significance.

Vivid, exciting and richly illustrated, The Great Warbow provides a fresh and authoritative account of one of the deadliest and most feared weapons of the Middle Ages. It is essential reading for anyone interested in medieval warfare or the history of archery.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIX] 538 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 9¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I sweet-talk you into considering additional gorgeous books that are part of my Military History catalogue?


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