Longbowman vs Crossbowman - Hundred Years' War 1337-60

Author(s): David Campbell; Peter Dennis (Illustrator)

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For centuries, the crossbow had dominated the battlefields of continental Europe, with mercenaries from Genoa and Brabant in particular filling the ranks of the French army, yet on the outbreak of the Hundred Years' War they came up against a more powerful foe. To master the English longbow was a labor of years, requiring far greater skill to use than the crossbow, but it was much more flexible and formidable, striking fear into French men-at-arms and cavalry.

This study examines three battles: Sluys (1340), Crécy (1346) and Poitiers (1356), and shows how the use of the longbow allowed England's armies to inflict crushing defeats on numerically superior forces. The longbow changed the shape of war, becoming the defining weapon of the age and wreaking havoc upon the French armies that would face it. Featuring full-color artwork, this is the engrossing story of the first clashes between the English longbowmen and the crossbowmen of the French kingon the bloody battlefields of the Hundred Years' War.


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General Fields

  • : 9781472817617
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : 0.26
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Campbell; Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 80