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The standard history of the crossbow and its manufacture, from its introduction to England by the Normans after 1066 through to its use as a sporting weapon in 1903. The crossbow, by its bulk, allowed its makers to embellish the strictly functional aspects of the weapon by adding engravings, inlays and their own mechanical touches to decorate the weapon. The author expertly compares the cross- and longbow, and includes comments on the early handgun to complete the picture. He describes how crossbows were made, and the varying styles of bow; from wood bows via composites to the steel bow, and he also describes the auxiliary parts of the weapon. Modern crossbows are also covered, including Belgian target-shooting barrelled crossbows. The last part of the book, a treatise on the ancient ballista and catapult, is of interest to anyone studying projectile weapons and sieges. Ballista, catapults, trebuchets and spring guns are described, which naturally leads back to the crossbow and the start of the book. Copiously and superbly illustrated. This book is absolutely essential for all who are seriously interested in archery and the history of bows and projectile weapons.
Reprint of the 1903 original edition.
  • AUTHOR: Payne-Gallwey, R
  • FORMAT: 328pp 220 dwgs Pb
  • Code: 14126

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