Bowmen of England (ePub)
From the 12th to 15th centuries the longbow was the weapon that changed European history more than any other. In the skilled hands of English and Welsh archers it revolutionized all the medieval concepts and traditions of war. No other weapon dominated the battlefield as it did, and it was the winning factor in every major battle from Morlaix in 1342 to Patay in 1429.
Donald Featherstone's study of the English longbow from its early development until the Wars of the Roses is an inspiring and authentic reconstruction in human terms in an age of courage, vitality and endurance. He provides an enthralling footnote to the history of the longbow by recording the engagement in which it was last used - in France in 1940
The visual imagery Featherstone uses when writing is both vivid and detailed. As I read, I could imagine a volley of thousands of arrows raining down, turning the bright blue sky to darkness before the shattering sound of arrows hitting and piercing heavy armour erupted.Sarah Bryson, Author
For a book that appears to be just about the bow and arrow Featherstone’s Bowmen of England is so much more. With a rich and intriguing history, the longbow was a vital piece of equipment that helped to shape the very foundations of England’s history.
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