The English Longbowman, 1330-1515, Paperback

The English Longbowman, 1330-1515 Paperback

Illustrated by Gerry Embleton

Part of the Warrior S. series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The English military ascendancy which lasted from the mid-14th to the early 16th century was founded upon defensive tactics based on the use of the longbow.

This weapon, distinctive in that it was used by English forces alone, was probably the most effective missile weapon of the Late Middle Ages: its arrow had the same penetrative ability as a modern day bullet and the bow's rate of fire was not equalled by any weapon used by English forces until the adoption of the Lee Enfield rifle at the beginning of the 20th century.

The English longbowmen's involvement in wars such as the War of the Roses (1455-1485) and One Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) is discussed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, b&w photographs, colour illustrations, b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781855324916



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This entry from the Osprey Warrior series does exactly what it should do. Author Clive Bartlett provides an overview of the longbowmen and then adds information about longbow tactics, dress, the nature of the weapon, how they lived on campaign, and host of interesting tidbits. The plates, by Gerry Embleton trace the appearance of the longbowman over almost 200 years, from 1330-1514. As with many of the Warrior volumes there are a couple of great plates showing archer accoutrments. I'd wish there were more plates from the Hundred Years war, but that's where my interests lie.

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