The Medieval Archer

The Medieval Archer

Jim Bradbury

Paperback
$29.95

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

A study of the archer and his weapon from the 11th to the 15th century, focusing on military tactics but also exploring the archer's position in society.
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 RUNCIMAN

This 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.

Details

November 1996
60 black and white, 22 line illustrations
206 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
ISBN: 9780851156750
Format: Paperback
Boydell Press
BIC HBW, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010, HIS027000, HIS010020
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Reviews

It is a delight to read a book which recognises the importance of warfare in medieval times and describes a highly important element in the fighting, the use of archers, illustrating it with clear accounts of a long series of battles in which archery played a part, and which also, to satisfy modern historiographical tastes, discusses the changing role of the archer in medieval society. STEPHEN RUNCIMAN, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
A work of very considerable value to all those interested in medieval military history. He does full justice to the role the bow and the archer played in medieval history, and ably discusses the ambivalent attitude of the great and powerful towards the common archer. GUY WILSON, MASTER OF THE ARMOURIES, ROYAL ARMOURIES

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