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Technologically sophisticated and powerful, the crossbow has long enjoyed a popular reputation for villainous superiority because it could be used with little training as a weapon of assassination. The study of bow designs, trigger mechanisms and spanning devices reveals a tale of considerable mechanical ingenuity; advances that produced a battlefield weapon requiring comparatively little training to use. It was an extremely useful weapon, and especially effective in siege warfare for both attack and defence.

Known to the Ancient Greeks and the Chinese as early as the 5th century BC, the crossbow developed both in Western Europe and in the Far East. Advances in trigger mechanisms, spanning and bow design allowed the development of ever more powerful bows. In this study acknowledged weaponry expert Mike Loades traces the origins, development, combat record and lasting legacy of the crossbow, the formidable projectile weapon that played a key role in a host of battles and sieges across Europe and Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Development / Use / Impact / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index

Product details

Published Mar 20 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472824608
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 61
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mike Loades

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Peter Dennis

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