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on 9 October 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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on 18 June 2013
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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on 26 November 2015
Forget Noads' softback diatribe! This one together with 'Arrowstorm' (The world of the Archer in the Hundred Years War) by Richard Wadge, are the books on the subject.

Secrets of the English War Bow

Arrowstorm: The World Of The Archer In The Hundred Years War
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on 30 May 2015
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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on 20 June 2016
Extremely well researched book from a historical, and more importantly objective and practical standpoint. Also found the style of writing most readable. The definitive book on the self bow.
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on 5 August 2013
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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on 15 January 2014
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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on 19 January 2016
my friend loved it.
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