The definitive work by two acknowledged experts about the weapon that helped to win the great battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt. Shortbow, longbow, composite bows, crossbow - the different types of bow receive detailed scrutiny. Tactics, myths, origins, defence, armour - all are covered in depth. Contains extensive knowledge learned from the discovery of the wreck of the Mary Rose, which contained chests of bows, many in excellent condition - Robert Hardy was one of the experts consulted when the bows were found in this Tudor warship. Richly illustrated, vividly narrated and handsomely produced.