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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point......, 31 Jan 2004
This review is from: The Medieval Archer (Paperback)
Bradbury has compiled a well presented and researched thesis on the complete development of European Archery, with some excellent alternatives which cast doubt on the presently accepted norms, such as who really was "Robin Hood" and the "Father of the Longbow"? To a review of the Archer and his role in the military and society of the Middle Ages.
For anyone who has an interest in the historical aspects of archery this edition is a must for your collection.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Effort, 20 Sep 2004
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Huzzah! A book about medieval archery that avoids common pitfalls (lack of supporting evidence, abysmal writing style, and the peculiar need to describe Poitiers, Crecy and Agincourt in minute detail). The author knows his stuff, presents it in an interesting and authoritive style, and makes no pretence that this is the definitive (should that read "dreary"?) work. Instead he looks at the development of archery in this period and, more interestingly, at the people.
A considerably better effort than most in this field.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 21 Sep 2010
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I can highly recommend this book as an objective treatise on the origins of medeival archery and the social impacts it had.
Many books on this subject bestow an almost legendary value to the role of the medeival archer.
This book gives a balanced viewpoint on the subject and highlights the often unrealised parallel development of the crossbow and later on, firearms.
The book is both informative and readable, my only critisism would be the quality of illustrations. These are mainly greyscale and some would have benefitted from being in colour (perhaps in the reprint?).
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super! Bold and challenging, a rare insight, 13 Jan 2000
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This book bravely challenges previous trains of thought on the use of the longbow. Not only is it a fascinating in-depth look at the different types of bow that were in use, but it also looks at evidence to suggest that the use of the simple archers bow was of ground-breaking importance. What struck me most about the work was the extraordinary way that the author takes us through the development of military tactics in order to show how the archer's role changed over this period of time. Outstanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depth with question, 8 Jun 2013
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I read this book as my first on the topic of the archer since becoming interested in the subject from reading Cornwell's historical (and rip-roaring) novels.

I was impressed with the depth of the summary of previous research but also the manner in which the author questioned many sources to locate the probable truth. Clearly there is a love of the archer in this text and the author correctly expresses his concern in the manner that these men have been overlooked by history.

I recommend this book both for its subject matter but also for the manner of its approach in testing sources. That in itself makes this a book for any student of the philosophy of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book in constant use., 23 May 2014
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Having lived for 35 years under the shadow of Henry V,in Monmouth,I grew up with legends of the longbow.I feel that if on Desert Island Discs,you could take only one tome on the subject here it is. Excellent.ps.I am not a relative.
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