This episode of the podcast «…and the sky went black!», tales and history of the English longbow is a bit sad. It deals with the decline and eventual disappearance of the English longbow, from the battlefield. A gradual process which occurred during the 16th and 17th century.
As late as 1776, the famous American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter:
But I still wish, with you, that pikes could be introduced and I would add bows and arrows. These were good weapons, not wisely laid aside;
- Because a man may shoot as truly with a bow as with a common musket.
- He can discharge four arrows in the time of charging and discharging one bullet.
- His object is not taken from his view by the smoke of his own side.
- A flight of arrows, seen coming upon them, terrifies and disturbs the enemies’ attention to their business.
- An arrow striking…
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