The English Longbow, Myths, Legends and how to Teach, Coach and shoot it by Mel Price.
Fantastic book and every copy is signed by the Author.
This book contains 380 pages with many monochrome photo's and drawings. The text covers such issues as Englishness and how it has influenced the British over the centuries, and how the bow developed and how it was used during early mankind. The English battles are written as a narrative, but asks questions that have either been ignored or unanswered correctly to hide the truth of the winners who wrote history in their own favour. Covering many myths and legends, the book tries to uncover the truth of historical events such as the scotching of the Welsh, the Scots led by William Wallace as well as his King the ambitious Bruce, and the probable betrayal by him or his supporters, who were jealous of Wallace and his popularity with the ordinary clan Scots. The Battle of Sluys is dramatically portrayed as is the following Battles of Crecy and the shameful killing of the French knights at Poitiers.
The hundred years wars which include The Battle of Oxford City, and the peasants revolt and the mysterious death of Watt Tyler is given coverage. Leading into how the longbow was used in war, the book explains the myths of Agincourt, the two finger salute, the words of King Henry Vth at Harfleur, the removal of the stakes and the infamous Battle of Towton where the largest number of Englishmen that have ever died in a single battle on English soil occured. Castles and how they were used and defended are explained including the arrow slits and whether the longbowman ever shot arrows through them at an attacking army. The Myth and Legends of Robin Hood, the Great Oak of Nottingham Forest, King Arthur and the Angels of Mons is explained away as just pure fantasy. The last time the English Longbow was used in warfare is explained along with whether longbowmen were indeed deformed. This is proven with physical evidence that has not been previously available before, and the book concludes with questions surrounding the usefulness or otherwise of the Re-enactment Societies and their contribution to history.
The second part of the book, previously sold as an instructors manual, is added which enables those archers who wish to either teach, coach or shoot the longbow in an improved manner. As well as giving a structured breakdown of how the bow should be shot and how to do so in an economical way so important to winning trophies as well as how to solve problems is explained simply and concisely. Covering all the equipment and explanations of how to use it are given a thorough explanation with photo's of errors in shooting. The last page explains the previously well kept secret of shooting at unmarked distances and how to accurately assess exactly how far away they are is at last openly revealed.
The book has 380 pages and has previously been described by some who bought the original as "a classic that should be on the shelf of every archer" and as "fascinating and exceeding all expectations"
The book has been written by a former winner of the
IFAA UK Championships (Longbow Division)
EFAA National Championships (English Longbow Division)
Welsh Open Championships (Longbow Division)
Bowhunter Championships (English Longbow Division)
Spring Shoot Championships (English Longbow Division)
Indoor Championships (English Longbow Division)
and a winner of more than 80 other medals and trophies in the English Longbow Division