Actually originating from Wales, the mighty longbow became the basis of English military might for centuries.
The way it evened the odds between heavily armoured knights and the peasantry also had an impact on the social history of England, contributing to the decline of feudalism and the rise of the free yeoman farmer as the defining figure of late medieval times. It’s a little difficult to rob the peasants blind when they can turn you into a giant pincushion sooner than you can say ‘roast beef’!
A few points on English Longbows: http://shardsofthedarkage.blogspot.co…
For a detailed post on the project, look over here-
Hand crafting an English Longbow with simple hand tools.
Wood- Red Oak
Backing- 2 layers of sheetrock tape and outer layer of linen bonded with Titebond II wood glue
Finished with 3 coats of Danish oil
Approx. 40# at 30″
String making- http://shardsofthedarkage.blogspot.co…
Making a Laminated Longbow- http://shardsofthedarkage.blogspot.co…
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Music by Ensiferum
-By the Dividing Stream, the Longest Journey
Album- From Afar