With a Bended Bow: Archery in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Through centuries of war in Europe, the English mediaeval archer was the most powerful force on the battlefield.
In With Bended Bow Erik Roth presents a comprehensive examination of the archer and his weapon in a time when archery was both economically and militarily vital to the security of England, based on the study of mediaeval writings and period artefacts. As an accomplished artist, his illustrations are an invaluable aid to understanding the manufacture and use of the bow.
The book examines the types of weapons and kit produced by guildsmen, the materials used and the work of different specialists including bowyers, fletchers and stringers. It also details the life of the archer himself, how he cared for his equipment, learned to shoot and fought for his country on the battlefields of Scotland and France. With Bended Bow gives an exceptional insight into the tools, training and fighting techniques of the soldier who defined mediaeval warfare.
ERIK ROTH attended the University of California at Berkeley and spent 20 years working as a goldsmith making and selling mediaeval jewellery. He is a lifelong mediaeval enthusiast and an archery specialist, and a member of the archery group Saint Hubert’s Rangers. He has written for Primitive Archer magazine. He lives in Ontario, Canada.