Impressively researched and intelligent. Includes superior analytical narratives of many of the battles of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; analysis of wounds and medical care; a good discussion of the armor penetrating capacity of longbow arrows; etc. Thoroughly documented for scholars, but accessible to the general reader. I am a specialist in this era of military history, and can highly recommend this book.
I've read a lot of books about the longbow in the course of research for a historical fiction series, The Strongbow Saga, that I'm the author of. This is without question the best book on the subject I've found. Although expensive, it's incredibly thorough and comprehensive. Skip the others and buy this one--it covers every aspect of the subject, over a wide historical period.
This is one of the definitive resources on the medieval archer. It covers the use of crossbows and longbows from the time of The Battle of Hastings through the Wars of the Roses. Another crucial text on the subject is Jim Bradbury's The Medieval Archer (1996).
The Great Warbow is an oversize book packed with color illustrations. It is comprehensive from the standpoint that it gives detailed descriptions of how the two types of bows were used in battles over more than 500 years.
So much has been written on the longbow in the Hundred Years War that the book doesn't really break a lot of new ground on that matter. But it would be hard to do so.
The material on bows used in the Battle of Hastings is excellent. So is the material on Richard the Lionheart's use of crossbows in the Crusades. The book's coverage on the use of bows in the continual fighting between the English and the Scottish is outstanding.
The authors also tackle the difficult subject of trying to relate how the longbow was used by Yorkists and Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses where, in most actions, both sides use of bows cancelled each other out; that is, there was no clear advantage to one side or the other. The exception to this is the Battle of Towton on March 29, 1461. They also cover the significant bow action the day before in the Battle of Ferrybridge.
With nearly 100 pages of explanatory notes to lock down their facts and assertions, it is a major scholarly work. If you are interested in how these bows were used in battles of the late Middle Ages and about the warriors that used them, this is a must-have book.
This is one of the better history books I have bought. It came highly recommended and did not disappoint. It covers more than just the famous longbow itself, but the history of bow warfare, the English and French military during this period, the battles, etc. Very in depth analysis.
I have read a lot of history books by some brilliant authors and this one rates with the best. If you have any kind of interest in archery or a passion for it then this book is a must. Each page is full of great historical writing and interesting anectodes. After reading this I have a burning desire to buy a Yew Warbow and learn how to shoot as the English archers did at Agincourt. Sadly I dont think I will be able to shoot a 150lb warbow as were the bows of the 1350s. This book is a must for any history buff or Archery addict. Cheap at twice the price.
This is really a companion volume to Robert Hardy's "Longbow". "Longbow" was really a technical discussion of manufacture and a suvey of longbow usage in different cultures around the world. "The Great Warbow" takes the English use of the longbow as its core theme, with discussions of the "Mary Rose" finds, but then goes into what was to me an absolutely fascinating history of medieval warfare tactics, centering on how the tactical innovations of Edward III turned the longbow into a war-winner. The authors include discussions of attempts by the French and Scots to emulate the English, comparisons of longbow and crossbow tactics, evolution of battlefield tactics in general. I'm a longtime student of medieval history and thought I knew a lot about medieval warfare, but Messrs. Strickland and Hardy taught me something new on every page.
If you have any interest in archery or medieval military history, this book, along with "Longbow" are essential reading and belong on your bookshelf.