Recommended reading for medieval archery fanatics

A Listmania! list by Archery fanatic "Håkan" (Stockholm, Sweden)
 
Toxophilus: The School of Shooting in Two Books (Leather Bound)
1.  Toxophilus: The School of Shooting in Two Books (Leather Bound) by Roger Ascham
The list author says:
  "It should not be missed by anyone claiming to be interested in medieval archery.   Definately top marks."
Used & New from: £113.24

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Longbow: A Social and Military History
2.  Longbow: A Social and Military History by Robert Hardy
The list author says:
  "Sir Robert Hardy's book on the longbow.  Now including a chapter on the Mary Rose bows and the making of two replicas."
Used & New from: £32.55
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 1
3.  The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 1 by Jim Hamm
The list author says:
  "If you want to build your own bows this series is the one to buy.  Vol. 1 covers bow design, glues, tillering and much more."
£18.95   Used & New from: £8.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

The Traditional Bowyer's Bible Volume 2
4.  The Traditional Bowyer's Bible Volume 2 by J. Hamn
The list author says:
  "The bowyer's bible epic continues.  Vol. 2 covers bows from boards and strings among other things."
£14.15   Used & New from: £9.34
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 3
5.  The Traditional Bowyer's Bible volume 3 by Jim Hamm
The list author says:
  "Formerly known as the last part in the series.  Learn to knap your own stone points among other things."
£18.95   Used & New from: £9.34
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Traditional Bowyer's Bible: 4
6.  Traditional Bowyer's Bible: 4 by Jim Hamm
The list author says:
  "The newest volume in the TBB epic.  I'll hold my breath until I can get the hardback version."
£14.15   Used & New from: £7.26
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Medieval Archer
7.  The Medieval Archer by Jim Bradbury
The list author says:
  "A close look at medieval archery including battle strategies."
£16.99   Used & New from: £2.79
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Bows of the World
8.  Bows of the World by David Gray
The list author says:
  "A look at bow designs other than western european.  Interesting but lacking info on arrows and methods of release."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Traditional Archers Handbook: A Practical Guide
9.  The Traditional Archers Handbook: A Practical Guide by Hilary Greenland
The list author says:
  "If you're just starting this might be a good buy but I'd go for The Bowyers Bible series, this one does not explain why a certain design works.  Good tips on bow maintenance."
Used & New from: £12.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Flat Bow
10.  The Flat Bow by W. Ben Hunt
The list author says:
  "Written prior to the fibre-glass era.  Apparently they could make bows without fibre-glass backing"
Used & New from: £41.27

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Chinese Archery
11.  Chinese Archery by Stephen Selby
The list author says:
  "There's nothing new under the sun.  The Chinese developed bows too.  Some crossbow info as well."
£26.00   Used & New from: £15.29
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Zen in the Art of Archery: Training the Mind and Body to Become One (Arkana)
12.  Zen in the Art of Archery: Training the Mind and Body to Become One (Arkana) by Eugen Herrigel
The list author says:
  "Archery from a completely different point of view.  If you're a modern competitive archer I strongly recommend this one."
£8.99   Used & New from: £3.23
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

The Book of the Crossbow: 22 (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
13.  The Book of the Crossbow: 22 (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor) by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey
The list author says:
  "The crossbow information should be taken with a fistful of salt but it has some good info on the Turkish horn bow, albeit a bit short."
£21.59   Used & New from: £8.94
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Great Warbow
14.  The Great Warbow by Robert Hardy
The list author says:
  "Sadly, this tome sits in my bookshelf unread.  So many books, so little time.  What I've seen so far when browsing through it looks very promising indeed."
Used & New from: £69.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow (Weapons in History)
15.  The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow (Weapons in History) by Hugh David Hewitt Soar
The list author says:
  "Another archery book in the 'to read later' pile.  It's not that it doesn't look promising, I simply want to wait until I can give it my undivided attention."
Used & New from: £8.08
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Secrets of the English War Bow
16.  Secrets of the English War Bow by Hugh David Hewitt Soar
Used & New from: £30.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Romance of Archery: A Social History of the Longbow
17.  The Romance of Archery: A Social History of the Longbow by Hugh Soar
The list author says:
  "Released in June 2008, or at least that was the original date.  It has now been pushed back to late October."
£22.95   Used & New from: £12.47

Crossbows in the Royal Netherlands Army Museum
18.  Crossbows in the Royal Netherlands Army Museum by Jens Sensfelder
The list author says:
  "A wonderful catalogue, in three languages, from a wonderful exhibition.  Best bought elsewhere though, a price close to £4,9k is robbery, plain and simple."
£4,364.09   Used & New from: £49.62

European Crossbows: A Survey by Josef Alm (Royal Armouries Monograph)
19.  European Crossbows: A Survey by Josef Alm (Royal Armouries Monograph) by Josef Alm
The list author says:
  "One of the few good crossbow books.  The 1994 translation of the swedish original published in 1947."
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Die Armbrust
20.  Die Armbrust by Egon Harmuth
The list author says:
  "THE crossbow book to own.  Hard to find, but worth every penny, especially if you read german."
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Arrowstorm The World of the Archer in the Hundred Years War
21.  Arrowstorm The World of the Archer in the Hundred Years War by Richard Wadge
The list author says:
  "Who were the archers of the Hundred Years' War, and how were they supplied?"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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