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War bows : longbow, crossbow, composite bow and Japanese yumi

Author: Mike Loades
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York NY : Osprey Publishing, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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War bows were a mainstay of armies throughout the world from the earliest recorded battles over three thousand years ago to the 16th century, when firearms finally came of age. Even then, in some cultures, the bow remained in use by elite warriors. The bow gave combatants the ability to fight at distance and it played an important role in some of the most famous battles in human history.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Loades
ISBN: 9781472825537 1472825535
OCLC Number: 1091181188
Description: 312 pages ; 29 cm
Contents: IntroductionCHAPTER I: THE LONGBOWDevelopment: The longbow's genesis and productionUse: At full drawImpact: Assessing the longbowCHAPTER II: THE CROSSBOWDevelopment: Lock, stock and lathUse: Steady, steady, steady: shootImpact: Bolts from the blueCHAPTER III: THE COMPOSITE BOWDevelopment: Engineering the optimal bowUse: Archery - a very martial artImpact: Different bows for different blowsCHAPTER IV: THE JAPANESE YUMIDevelopment: The asymmetric bowUse: The Way of the Bow and the HorseImpact: The sting of the samuraiConclusionAcknowledgementsBibliography
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