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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Work on The Warbow, 9 Oct. 2006
From the perspective of a practicing archer, this book has the information I would have like to have seen in Hardy & Stricklands 'Great Warbow'.

Hugh Soar really gets to grip with analysing what actually makes the warbow the formidable weapon it is. His approach is not one of conjecture, based on academic debate, but one of practicality, with a little bit of history thrown in.

Following a re-construction of a warbow, arrows and the different types of arrow-head and fletchings, these are all tested against animal carcasses, armour, moving targets etc... True 'myth busting' stuff! It's science with a small 's' in the tradition of Adam Hart-Davis.

The glory for this little gem, deservedly belongs not only to Soar, but also to his co-authors, Joe Gibbons and Mark Stretton, who made and tested the subject matter.

A must for any historical archery buff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A library must have, 18 Jun. 2013
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An all encompassing book for anyone interested in the subject. the authors academic background produces a clear logical book but he also draws on a practical appreciation of the subject. by having this practical ability and the assistance of skilled craftsmen in the fields or Bowyery. arrow smithing and blacksmithing his conclusions are logical and unassailable. The book is excellently researched and the reference bibliography extensive. For anyone interested in the specific subject or even a broader interest in the middle ages and warfare of the period this book really must be in their library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on war bows ..., 30 May 2015
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Clear and precise information well laid out. Good read too...an excellent reference and historical book on war bows and some period battles etc...highly recommended to anyone with any interest in war bows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read with very clear pictures and drawings, 5 Aug. 2013
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Excellent read with very clear pictures and drawings every thing I wanted for .
Thoroughly recommend this book for all serious trad archers
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5.0 out of 5 stars English War bow - answers your questions, 15 Jan. 2014
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Bought it to learn about the long bows from the Mary Rose.
not disappointed, shoot recurve and now fancy buying a longbow as well
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