Monday, April 4, 2011

Robert Hardy on the Medieval Longbow

The Military Archery at Neville's Cross, 1346
By: Robert Hardy
I found the following article to be a fascinating and insightful read.  It brought up several interesting aspects of the medieval archer and logistics of military campaigning that I not previously thought of.  Give it a read I'm sure there is something to be learned by all. Enjoy!

"The Military Archery at Neville's Cross, 1346." Themebuilder, 27 Jan 2011. Web. 4 Apr 2011. <>.

1 comment:

  1. I've often read that archers were placed on the extreme flanks of the army (in a wedge shape). Hardy makes the common sense suggestion that archers would have had to be placed within the battle line itself due to its length, otherwise a large portion of the center would have been out of range of the archers. The length of the line at Agincourt being estimated at 1000 yds, would have left a 400 yd gap in is center. It might be that they intended to create this funneling effect, but I doubt it. I would think that you would want all of your firepower brought to bear as quickly and as effectively as possible during any battle. Very good article!