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How to Shoot the Longbow (Paperback)

A Guide from Historical and Applied Sources


By Hugh Soar
Imprint: Westholme
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781594162138
Published: 21st August 2017
Last Released: 17th October 2018


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Relying on more than fifty years' experience in archery, historian Hugh D. H. Soar reflects on how the longbow was drawn and shot across the centuries through examining the design of the bow and early literature about the bow, combined with his and his colleague's applied knowledge using replica bows. No complete
medieval longbow has survived, but those found aboard the Tudor warship Mary Rose provide the best archaeological evidence to the possible construction of the medieval bow. Contemporary treatises written about the proper manner of shooting the bow, together with the resurgence in interest and construction of replica bows
beginning in the late sixteenth century that form part of the author's collection provide the basis for this work. How to Shoot the Longbow: A Guide from Historical and Applied Sources is a fascinating and practical look at the use of a legendary invention.

Having read a number of brilliant books by Bernard Cornwell in which the longbow men of England trounced their French counterparts, it is refreshing to come across a kind of instruction manual on how to shoot the longbow. In the 1950s and 1960s, there was an excellent series of books called Teach Yourself... - this remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable book could well have been one of their titles!

Books Monthly, Paul Norman

I also found myself dipping in and out at random pages and was always amazed at the amount of detail and facts in the book.

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KDF Broadstairs

About Hugh Soar

HUGH D H SOAR is a leading specialist on traditional archery, including the history, design, and use of the longbow. He is author of Secrets of the English War Bow and The Romance of Archery, both available from Westholme Publishing.

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