Medieval archer takes aim with a drawn longbow

Longbows

From prehistory bows were used to hunt game, indeed in some countries they are still used.

However, in England, where the longbow was such an important weapon of the armies of the Middle Ages, its use was restricted to the noble classes.

Ordinary people, who were required by law to practise in its use for war, were strictly forbidden to hunt with it.

The longbow

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