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The longbow was not a Welsh invention. It has existed from pre-history. The Vikings were probably the people that introduced it to the British Isles. The Welsh bows were usually made of Witch-Elm which doesn't make a good longbow. It does, however make a superb flat-bow. So the Welsh bows were probably flat-bows, not longbows. That said the Welsh were superb archers, and did form a large percentage of the English armies during the 100 years war.

Comment on The Longbow posted 2008-05-09 by Daniel from Hampshire


Comment on The Longbow

It is interesting to note, that had the English/Welsh longbow still been in use during the Napoleonic wars, the massively superior rate of fire-power (arrow-power) of the longbow would have seen-off Napoleon a damned sight sooner! Ten to twenty, yard long arrows per minute, compared to three, possibly four rounds, for a musket! Ok, I'm not dismissing the use of 'artillery' here; but the accurate usage of a longbow out-performs that of a Brown Bess musket. It's a thought to conjure with.....

Comment on The Longbow posted 2008-04-01 by Johnathan Oswin from Northumberland


Comment on The Longbow

The longbow, as a weapon of war, established the English Nation as one of the foremost nations in the World, especially in Europe. The longbow served this nation well for hundreds of years, before being fianlly overtaken as a militiary weapon in the 16th Century - or thereabouts - by firearms

Comment on The Longbow posted 2007-02-13 by Richard V Malbon from Preston, Lancashire, UK


Comment on The Longbow

While, yes, the Longbow that is usually known as the 'English Longbow' in the common perception, was widely used by the Welsh far earlier (& he Welsh deserve credit for that) its greatest 'impact' (deliberate pun!) was in the Hundred Years War, in which overall there were far more English than Welsh archers, & the 'ordinance' that the bow be practiced on a Sunday was across both England & Wales.

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-09-16 by A North-East Coast Townsman from 'Ull


the welsh long bow

well let's get the fact's right , it was the long bow men of gwent who develloped the long bow , they were using it against the saxon's and norman's when they invaded our counrty before they ever heard of it , infact the norman's discarded their short bow for our more superior long bow , and if it was not for the welsh long bow and the welsh bow men of south wales the english would have not won all those batlles in france, yahoo for the welsh long bow

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-08-13 by A Rees from south wales


Comment on The Longbow

Formed our reputation across the world for hundreds od years.The view of the english warrior with longbow is archetypal.also became intrinsic in the english language.

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-05-24 by E Smith from cumbria


Comment on The Longbow

In response to some of the more negative comments; Was it the English army with its archers that trounced the French or was it the Welsh army? The hundred years war... France v Wales? Robin Hood - real name Daffyd Jones? Who cares who invented it or where some of the archers where from, it was the English that put it on the map and it had its time as an English icon. I'm sure there are many other nations that claim the bow as a cultural symbol - Native Americans perhaps - but for the purposes of this site, the bow had its time in defining the English nation. I'm not sure if pedantry is a cultural trait we can include as iconic of England - perhaps i'll submit it.

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-02-20 by Matt Linehan from Canterbury


Comment on The Longbow

The weapon of choice for the Medieval English Army, used to great affect in the 100 years war in cutting down a great many French Knights. The fact that England's favourite rogue, Robin Hood also expertly used one, adds weight to this icon.

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-02-17 by Paul Brandon from Leeds


Comment on The Longbow

Britain became a great military power thanks to the longbow which made her a force to be reckoned with for hundreds of years. Archery terms and phrases pervade our language to this day. Every village has a 'butt lane' or similar, dating to a time when archery practice took precedence over football and other games. "England were but a fling, but for the crooked stick and the grey goose wing."

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-02-05 by Neil Beeby from Machynlleth


Comment on The Longbow

Before the invention of modern automatic weapons the English long bow has long since been accepted as THE most effective weapon of it's time. Without it England as we kow it today would not exist; further, one of the most ICONIC symbols within English culture is the two fingered V sign given by holding up the index and middle finger of the right hand. This sign can represent V for Victory, most famously used by Winston Churchill. But of couse it's origins are with English archers who's devastating use of the long bow would put fear into the hearts of their enemies prior to attack. To goad the enemy they would hold up the two fingers used to draw back the string on their bows. Many a captured English archer would have these two fingers cut off by their (often French) captives. Today, the sign is used as an insult.

Comment on The Longbow posted 2006-02-05 by Richard Binnington from Driffield, East Yorkshire


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