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Arrowstorm: The Archer in the Hundred Years War [Paperback]

Richard Wadge

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Book Description

May 1 2009

Revealing the power behind one of history's most devastating weapons, this study chronicles the overwhelming importance of the military archer in the late medieval period. The longbow played a central role in the English victory at the battles of Crecy and Agincourt. Completely undermining the supremacy of heavy cavalry, the longbow forced a wholesale reassessment of battlefield tactics. Richard Wadge explains what mad e England’s longbow archers so devastating, detailing the process by which their formidable armament was manufactured and the conditions that produced men capable of continually drawing a bow under a tension of 100 pounds. Uniquely, Wadge looks at the economics behind the supply of longbows to the English army and the social history of the military archer. Crucially, what were the advantages of joining the first professional standing army in England since the days of the Roman conquest? Was it the pay, the booty, or the glory? With its painstaking analysis of contemporary records, Arrowstorm paints a vivid portrait of the life of a professional soldier in the war which forged the English national consciousness.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (May 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752449516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752449517
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,078,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Wadge is a historian and a traditional archer.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book Jan. 1 2013
By G. Macht - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book for archers and especially archery reenactors. Tactics, bow design, can living conditions are covered. It is also a good read which shows how massed archers and specialists affected how wars were fought and how social change followed the use of archers as found their value.

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