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The Crossbow: Its Military and Sporting History, Construction and Use

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This unique exploration of a weapon used for centuries will fascinate historians and enthusiasts alike. The crossbow, probably introduced to England by the Norman invaders in 1066, was once considered so barbarous that it was prohibited as a "weapon hateful to God and unfit for Christians." Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, an accomplished engineer, here describes military and sporting crossbows and their dimensions, components, and ranges; provides hard-to-find information on crossbow construction; gives details about modern crossbows such as bullet-shooting crossbows and bolt-shooting crossbows; and peeks at unusual crossbows like the Chinese repeating crossbow. Comprehensively illustrated with original drawings and selections from historical manuscripts, this is a necessary reference book for anyone who hunts with a crossbow or collects or studies weapons of the past.

Synopsis:

An accomplished engineer describes military and sporting crossbows, their construction, use, and history. Comprehensively illustrated with original drawings.

About the Author

Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey was an accomplished engineer, historian, ballistics expert, and artist. He authored several books on military and sporting history, theory, and practice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781602390102
Author:
Payne-gallwey, Ralph
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Author:
Payne-Gallwey, Ralph
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Subject:
History
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Catapult
Subject:
Crossbows - History
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 in 1.085 lb

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