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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Attention to Detail, 15 July 2008
This review is from: Longbow: A Social and Military History (Paperback)
If someone mentioned the name of Robert Hardy to you, you would probably bring to mind a picture of an English actor with a plummy-voice and tweed suit, who has appeared in countless television and theatre dramas and you would be correct. Many people do not know Robert Hardy's alter ego, the author and man who is interested in medieval weaponry in general and the English longbow in particular. Robert Hardy also has a long association with the Royal Armouries, so it soon becomes apparent that his love and knowledge of weaponry has been gleaned over a long period of time. With these qualifications it is only right and proper that people interested in the subject are more than ready to read what the author has to say on the subject.

I found the book both fascinating and informative. I did however feel that some of the photographs could have been slightly better, but this is a minor criticism and I suppose there are only so many ways that you can photograph a bow before the photographs begin to look repetitive. The book covers every conceivable question anyone could possibly ask on the subject of the longbow the medieval equivalent of the automatic rifle.

The book takes us from when the longbow was first used, possibly 8,000 years ago, right through until the present day. It gives detailed information on how to make a longbow from scratch, showing the tools and material needed. It covers all the major battles where either the outcome was decided by this fearsome weapon, or it featured heavily in the battle and even shows photographs of bows that were raised with the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's ship of war.

I found it fascinating to read about a weapon that virtually every Englishman had to practice using at some point during his life, much like the football practice that many young men religiously attend today. Although in the case of the longbow, depending on the period in history, we are talking about it was compulsory.
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2008, 15:33:58 BST
[Deleted by the author on 9 Sep 2008, 02:47:31 BST]

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2008, 16:15:45 BST
And your point is?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2008, 22:10:26 BST
L. Young says:
Yes, what is the point to this? Have you made it your lifes work to dog this man throughout amazon. The review you are commenting on appeared to me as very good.

Posted on 31 Oct 2008, 21:26:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2008, 21:33:29 GMT
Davie says:
The point is that Chippendale does not read the books he reviews! He either copies the blurb or copies a proffesionals review and alters the words slightly. Take a trip through his "reviews" and you will see mostly 4 and 5 star comments. No real harm; well until it distorts the reviews favorably and you buy a bad book based on a Chippendale review. OEJ is spot on - shame he's deleted his comments.

Amazon will not do anything about his posts as reviewers like him help get people to buy products here.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2008, 09:29:46 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2009, 18:32:24 GMT
Yes I have to agree with M Shopland. Mr Chippendale has annoyingly similar taste in reading to me, or at least reviewing! Many times when I've been browsing I have clicked on a highly reccomended book with just 1,2 or 3 reviews only to find it is the dreaded Mr Chippendale! submitting another 5 star review. If you click on all his reviews you then notice he sometimes submits several in a day or two, nearly all new releases so he can't possibly of read them all. I can't think for the life of me why he does this other than wanting to be the number 1 rated reviewer. If the rating system is going to encourage posters of this ilk then perhaps Amazon need to 'review' it.
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