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The Crooked Stick free pdf Although the longbow may best be known for its deployment during the Hundred Years' War, its origins lie with ancient Saxon seafighters and Welsh craftsmen. In "The Crooked Stick", historian and leading expert on traditional archery, Hugh Soar presents the engaging story of this most charismatic of weapons. Starting with Neolithic bows and arrows, the author then describes the bow's use in medieval hunts and associated customs. But it is in warfare where the longbow made its deepest mark, and Soar follows the weapon's development and tactical deployment from the hand-bow of William the Conqueror's campaigns to the continental set-piece battles between England and France. Although soldiers reluctantly gave up the longbow for firearms, its recreational use became immensely popular, particularly during the Regency and Victorian periods. In the twentieth century it appeared as if the longbow would disappear into the fog of legend, but a new interest in traditional craft and expertise gained hold, and the pleasure of using this ancient instrument is now firmly part of archery around the world. Filled with amazing historical insight and larger-than-life characters - including William Wallace, Edward III, and Henry V - "The Crooked Stick", now available in paperback for the first time, is a must-have book for anyone wanting to know more about this legendary weapon.

About Hugh D.H. Soar

Hugh D. H. Soar is a leading specialist on traditional archery, including the history, design, and use of the longbow. He is the author of "Straight and True: A Select History of the Arrow," "The Romance of Archery," and (with Mark Stretton and Joseph Gibbs) "Secrets of the English War Bow."

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Author : Hugh D.H. Soar
Publisher : Westholme Publishing, U.S.
Data Published : 30 November 2009
ISBN : 1594160902
EAN : 9781594160905
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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