Hardback, published by Patrick Stephens Limited in 1995. Orange cloth covered boards with gilt title on spine. Colourful dust jacket with slight tear and creasing at one corner. Page edges very lightly tanned, but otherwise in very good condition.
This revised and expanded edition chronicles the history of the longbow from the earliest known example used 8000 years ago, through its coming of age at the battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, to its use as a hunting and sporting weapon, and its present-day status in Britain.;The book contains the first authoritative account of the archery equipment found in Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose; describes the archers themselves, their equipment, training, uniform and terms of service; examines the fact and fiction of the Robin Hood legend, the reasons why the French never took to the weapon and the devastating effect of longbow against longbow in the Wars of the Roses; offers a detailed account of how to make a longbow from scratch, including all the tools and materials required. By the author of "The Great War Bow".
The author Robert Hardy is best known as one of Britain's finest actors, he is also an acknowledged expert on the longbow and how it is made.