The development of the longbow in late medieval England and ‘technological determinism’

  title={The development of the longbow in late medieval England and ‘technological determinism’},
  author={C. J. Rogers},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  pages={321 - 341}
  • C. J. Rogers
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Journal of Medieval History
  • Traditional understandings of the development of the medieval English longbow and its role in the fourteenth-century ‘infantry revolution’ have recently been challenged by historians. This article responds to the revisionists, arguing based on archaeological, iconographic and textual evidence that the proper longbow was a weapon of extraordinary power, and was qualitatively different from – and more effective than – the shorter self-bows that were the norm in England (and western Europe… CONTINUE READING
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