Longbow: A Social and Military History

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Patrick Stephens, 1992 - Archery - 244 pages
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This revised and expanded edition chronicles the history of the longbow from the earliest known example used 8000 years ago, through its coming of age at the battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, to its use as a hunting and sporting weapon, and its present-day status in Britain.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

An excellent history about an important weapon by an expert. The longbow has been mythologized, and sometime just lied about, but non-the-less it was a game-changer on the battlefield. Mr. Hardy's bow ... Read full review

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User Review  - motortmech - LibraryThing

This book, while more of a textbook and manual than anything, was absolutely helpful in my research of the Hundred Years War in which longbow men were highly sought after and greatly and effectively ... Read full review


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Robert Hardy was born Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy in Cheltenham, England on October 29, 1925. He attended Oxford University and served in the Royal Air Force before becoming an actor in Stratford-upon-Avon with the troupe that later became the Royal Shakespeare Company. He had a notable stage career, but was better known as a film and television actor. He played Siegfried Farnon in the long-running British television series All Creatures Great and Small and Cornelius Fudge in four Harry Potter movies. He portrayed Winston Churchill several times including in the British mini-series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years; the American mini-series War and Remembrance; the television movies The Woman He Loved, Bomber Harris, and Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain; the London stage production Winnie; and a French play, Celui Qui a Dit Non. He also appeared in The Shooting Party, Sense and Sensibility, Mrs. Dalloway, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Inspired by an early Shakespearean role, he became interested in archery and wrote Longbow: A Social and Military History. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1981. He died on August 3, 2017 at the age of 91.

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