Medieval Glossary


Longbows are ranged weapons that are longer than the height of the men who carry them. Longbows were more powerful and had a greater firing range than a normal bow, and they could even penetrate heavy armor. The Welsh began using the longbow and mastered its usage early on, perhaps as early as the seventh century, while the English did not heavily begin using the longbow until the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

Related term(s): Bow; Crossbow; Ranged Weapon; Archer
Category: Weapons
Added: 09.07.04


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