War Bows

Longbow, crossbow, composite bow and Japanese yumi

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War Bows

Longbow, crossbow, composite bow and Japanese yumi

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War bows were a mainstay of armies throughout the world from the earliest recorded battles over three thousand years ago to the 16th century, when firearms finally came of age. Even then, in some cultures, the bow remained in use by elite warriors. The bow gave combatants the ability to fight at distance and it played an important role in some of the most famous battles in human history.
In this lively and fascinating study, Mike Loades tells the stories of four of the world's most renowned war bow types: the iconic medieval longbow that made its mark at Crécy; the horn and sinew composite bows of the East, with their varied forms and sophisticated construction; the crossbow with its mechanical ingenuity; and the distinctively asymmetric yumi of the samurai.
For each of these bows, Mike brings the insights of his long career as a historical weapons expert and archer to bear, offering a vivid understanding not only of the technology that went into its creation but also an appreciation of what it was like to shoot and a detailed assessment of its role in battle.

Table of Contents

Introduction
CHAPTER I: THE LONGBOW
Development: The longbow's genesis and production
Use: At full draw
Impact: Assessing the longbow
CHAPTER II: THE CROSSBOW
Development: Lock, stock and lath
Use: Steady, steady, steady: shoot
Impact: Bolts from the blue
CHAPTER III: THE COMPOSITE BOW
Development: Engineering the optimal bow
Use: Archery – a very martial art
Impact: Different bows for different blows
CHAPTER IV: THE JAPANESE YUMI
Development: The asymmetric bow
Use: The Way of the Bow and the Horse
Impact: The sting of the samurai
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Bibliography

Product details

Published Feb 19 2019
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 312
ISBN 9781472825537
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 242 x 190 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mike Loades

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