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    Soar, Hugh D. H.; Joseph Gibbs, Christopher Jury, Mark Stretton: Secrets of the English War Bow; Westholme Publishing Llc, 2006; Hardcover - Sewn binding.
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      Soar, Hugh D. H.; Joseph Gibbs, Christopher Jury,
      Mark Stretton: Secrets of the English War Bow;
      Westholme Publishing Llc, 2006; Hardcover - Sewn
      binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 245
      p. with Illustrations. ISBN 1594160252 $26.60
      "Dominating medieval battlefields for more than two
      centuries but requiring long and arduous practice
      to command,
      the English war bow and its battle shaft are the
      symbols of the rise
      of British power in Europe.
      Despite being crafted for hundreds of years
      and wielded by
      generations of archers, the sole surviving
      examples of this fearsome
      weapon—the military version of the longbow—are
      those recovered
      from the Tudor warship Mary Rose. Now for the
      first time, expert
      craftsmen use all available evidence including
      applied archaeology
      to unlock the secrets of the English war bow.
      Historian Hugh D. H. Soar is joined by Mark
      Stretton, arrowsmith,
      and Joseph Gibbs, bowyer, in order to demonstrate
      how a war bow and
      its associated arrow heads and shafts may have
      been constructed and
      used. In addition to showing the complete
      manufacture of a bow from
      tree selection to stringing and how specialized
      arrowheads were forged
      and attached to shafts, Secrets of the English War
      Bow provides
      information on the actual performance of the war
      bow, including the
      bow’s effectiveness against various materials and,
      for the first time,
      its use against moving targets, since bows were
      often drawn against
      mounted soldiers. Armed with this new information,
      Soar provides
      an analysis of both successes and failures of the
      war bow in several
      important battles.
      Illustrated in color and black and white,
      Secrets of the English War
      Bow provides an invaluable service for those
      interested in medieval
      military history, archery, and technology.
      About the Author:
      Hugh D. H. Soar has written extensively about
      the longbow, including
      the best-selling The Crooked Stick: A History of
      the Longbow, also
      available from Westholme Publishing. Mark
      Stretton, master blacksmith,
      holds the world’s record for heaviest longbow
      shot. Joseph Gibbs is a
      talented bowyer who specializes in creating the
      replica war bow.
      Written in English Amazon $26.60 - eligible
      for free shipping.
      '
      Soar, Hugh H. D.: The Crooked Stick: A History of
      the Longbow
      (Weapons in History); Publisher: Westholme
      Publishing [United States],
      Hardcover, ISBN: 1594160023, $17.47 October 2004.

      He also has another book that is new but I could
      only find it in England
      on Amazon.co.uk and the shipping is expensive:

      Soar, Hugh D. H.: Of Bowmen and Battles;
      Publisher: The Glade, 2003;
      Paperback: 230 pages, ISBN 0951764519. New.
      Amazon.co.uk
      £13.98 + Postage & Packing: £6.98 = Total: £20.96
      I have not received this one yet. but I have
      enjoyed Hugh's articles in
      magazines and the journal for years.

      Anyone wishing to join the Society of
      Archer-Antiquaries outside the
      U.K. I can put in touch with Hugh. It is possible
      to cheaply transfer
      funds through PayPal if you have that. They would
      like more international
      members. It costs £20 per year and there is an
      annual journal and several
      smaller newsletter publications that also includes
      archery news and small
      articles.

      Master Magnus
      Great Barony of Windmasters' Hill, Adria, the
      Manx, GDH, Soc. of Archer-Antiquaires
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