The Medieval Archer

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Boydell Press, 1985 - History - 198 pages
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It is a delight to read a book which recognises the importance of warfare in medieval times...also...discusses the changing role of the archer in medieval society. SIR STEVEN RUNCIMANThis book traces the history of the archer in the medieval period, from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses. From a close study of early evidence, Mr Bradbury shows that the archer's role before the time of Edward I was an important but rarely documented one, and that his new prominence in the fourteenth century was the result of changes in development of military tactics rather than the introduction of the famous `longbow'. A second thread of the book examines the archer's role in society, with particular reference to that most famous of all archers, Robin Hood. The final chapters look at the archer in the early fifteenth century and then chronicle the rise of the handgun as the major infantry weapon at the bow's expense. JIM BRADBURY writes and lectures on battles and warfare in England and France in the middle ages.

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Matthew Bennett is a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His books include the "Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages" and "Agincourt, 1415,"
Jim Bradbury's books include "The Medieval Archer," "The Medieval Siege," and "The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare,"
Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of "Medieval Military Technology," "Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader," and "Guns and Men in Medieval Europe,"
Iain Dickie has been a committe member of the Society of Ancients and editor of "Army & Navy Modelworld,"" Military Hobbies," and "Miniature Wargames "magazines. Phyllis Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi. She was previously Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, California State University.

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