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The Book of the Crossbow

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Publisher Comments:

One of the most devastating weapons of the Middle Ages, the crossbow fired a 12-inch bolt capable of piercing all but the strongest armor. This fascinating illustrated study traces its use in both medieval and modern times as a military and sporting weapon. It also covers related weapons, including balistas, catapults, and the Turkish bow. Over 240 illustrations.

Book News Annotation:

A facsimile reprint of The Crossbow published in 1903 by Longmans, Green, and Co. in London. Surveys the history of the crossbow with comparisons to the longbow, shortbow and handgun; the construction and management of medieval and modern crossbows; and the ancient and medieval siege engines that stand in evolutionary relation to crossbows as cannons do to rifles. An appendix looks at Turkish and other oriental bows. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This fascinating study, the only book devoted exclusively to the crossbow, traces its use as a military and sporting weapon as well as its construction and management in medieval and modern times. The work also covers such related weapons as the balista, catapult, Turkish bow, and more. Over 240 illustrations.

Table of Contents

"PART I THE HISTORY OF THE CROSSBOW, WITH NOTES COMPARATIVE ON THE LONGBOW SHORTBOW AND HANDGUN"

I. THE MILITARY CROSSBOW

II. THE SPORTING CROSSBOW

III. THE GENERAL DIMENSIONS OF CROSSBOWS

IV. THE BOLTS USED WITH CROSSBOWS

V. THE RANGE OF THE MEDIand#198;VAL CROSSBOW AND HOW IT COMPARED IN THIS RESPECT WITH THE LONGBOW

VI. THE SHORTBOW AND LONGBOW IN RELATION TO THE CROSSBOW

VII. THE HANDGUN IN RELATION TO THE CROSSOBOW

VIII. SUMMARY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEDIand#198;VAL HANDGUN

IX. A SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF THE CROSSBOW

PART II THE CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF CROSSBOWS: MEDIand#198;VAL

X. "THE PRIMITIVE CROSSBOW, WITH A BOW OF SOLID WOOD WHICH WAS BENT BY MANUAL POWER ONLY"

XI. "THE THIRTEENTH AND FOURTEENTH CENTURY CROSSBOW, WITH A COMPOSITE BOW (OF YEW, HORN AND TENDON) WHICH WAS BENT BY HAND, OR BY A THONG AND PULLEY, OR BY A METAL CLAW ATTACHED TO THE CROSSBOWMAN'S BELT"

XII. HOW THE BOW OF THE PRIMITIVE CROSSBOW WAS ATTACHED TO THE STOCK BY A BRIDLE OF CORD OR SINEW

XIII. HOW THE CROSSBOWMAN PLACED THE BOLT OF HIS CROSSBOW ON THE STOCK OF HIS WEAPON SO AS TO GIVE THE BOLT A FREE LOOSE AND CORRECT FLIGHT

XIV. THE VARIOUS CONTRIVANCES EMPLOYED IN THE THIRTEENTH AND FOURTEENTH CENTURIES FOR BENDING THE BOWS OF CROSSBOWS WHICH WERE TOO STRONG TO BE BENT BY MANUAL POWER ONLY-THE CORD AND PULLEY

XV. THE VARIOUS CONTRIVANCES EMPLOYED FOR BENDING THE BOWS OF CROSSBOWS (continued)-THE CLAW AND BELT

XVI. THE VARIOUS CONTRIVANCES EMPLOYED FOR BENDING THE BOWS OF CROSSBOWS (continued)-THE SCREW AND HANDLE

XVII. THE VARIOUS CONTRIVANCES EMPLOYED FOR BENDING THE BOWS OF CROSSBOWS (continued)-THE GOAT'S-FOOT LEVER

XVIII. "THE FIFTEENTH-CENTURY MILITARY AND SPORTING CROSSBOW, WITH A THICK STEEL BOW WHICH WAS BENT BY A WINDLASS AND ROPES AND DISCHARGED A BOLT"

XIX. "THE CONSTRUCTION OF A POWERFUL CROSS BOW, SUCH AS WAS USED IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY FOR KILLING DEER WITH A HEAVY NON-POISONOUS BOLT-THE STOCK"

XX. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-THE REVOLVING NUT AND ITS SOCKET

XXI. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-THE TRIGGER AND LOCK

XXII. "THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-THE STEEL BOW, THE BOW-IRONS AND THE STIRRUP"

XXIII. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-HOW TO FIX THE BOW TO THE STOCK

XXIV. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-THE GROOVE FOR THE BOLT

XXV. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CORSSBOW (continued)-THE BOW-STRING

XXVI. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-HOW TO FIT THE BOW-STRING TO THE BOW

XXVII. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-THE WINDLASS

XXVIII. "THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSSBOW (continued)-THE BOLT OR QUARREL, AND HOW IT WAS ARRANGED ON THE STOCK OF THE CROSSBOW"

XXIX. THE SLURBOW

XXX. "THE SIXTEENTH-CENTURY SPORTING CROSSBOW, WITH A THICK STEEL BOW WHICH WAS BENT BY A CRANEQUIN"

XXXI. "THE CRANEQUIN, AND HOW IT WAS APPLIED TO BEND THE STEEL BOW OF A CROSSBOW"

XXXII. "THE SIXTEENTH AND EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY SPANISH SPORTING CROSSBOW, WITH A STEEL BOW OF MODERATE STRENGTH WHICH WAS BENT BY A CRANEQUIN"

XXXIII. "THE SIXTEENTH-CENTURY STONEBOW, WITH A LIGHT STEEL BOW WHICH WAS BENT BY MANUAL POWER ONLY"

XXXIV. "THE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY STONEBOW, WITH A THICKER STEEL BOW WHICH WAS BENT BY A LEVER FIXED IN ITS STOCK"

XXXV. "THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY SPORTING AND TARGET CROSSBOW, WITH A LIGHT STEEL BOW WHICH WAS BENT BY A WOODEN LEVER"

XXXVI. THE SIXTEENTH-CENTURY IMPROVED LOCKS WHICH WERE FITTED TO SPORTING AND TARGET CROSSBOWS THAT DISCHARGED BOLTS

PART III THE CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF CROSSBOWS-(continued) : MODERN

XXXVII. THE BULLET-SHOOTING CROSSBOW-ENGLISH

XXXVIII. THE BULLET-SHOOTING CROSSBOW-ENGLISH (continued)-THE BASTARD-STRING

XXXIX. THE BULLET-SHOOTING CROSSBOW-ENGLISH (continued)-HOW TO MAKE AND FIT THE BOW-STRING

XL. THE BULLET-SHOOTING CROSSBOW-ENGLISH (continued)-THE LOCK AND THE SIGHTS

XLI. THE LARGE BOLT-SHOOTING CONTINENTAL TARGET CROSSBOW

XLII. THE SMALL BOLT-SHOOTING TARGET CROSSBOW AS NOW USED IN BELGIUM

XLIII. BELGIAN TARGET CROSSBOW (continued)-THE LOCK

XLIV. BELGIAN TARGET CROSSBOW (continued)-THE SIGHTS

XLV. BELGIAN TARGET CROSSBOW (continued)-THE LEVER AND HOW TO USE IT TO BEND THE BOW

XLVI. THE BULLET-SHOOTING TARGET CROSSBOW WITH A BARREL-AS NOW USED IN BELGIUM

XLVII. "THE POPINJAY, WITH NOTES ON THE ANCIENT COMPANIES OF CONTINENTAL CROSSBOWMEN"

XLVIII. THE CROSSBOWMEN OF DRESDEN-PRIVILEGIRTE BOGENSCHUTZEN-GESELLSCHAFT

XLIX. THE CHINESE REPEATING CROSSBOW

L. ARROW-THROWING

PART IV A TREATISE ON THE SIEGE ENGINES USED IN ANCIENT AND MEDIand#198;VAL TIMES FOR DISCHARGING GREAT STONES AND ARROWS

LI. INTRODUCTORY NOTES ON THE SIEGE ENGINES USED IN ANCIENT AND MEDIand#198;VAL TIMES FOR DISCHARGING GREAT STONES AND ARROWS

LII. THE ANTIQUITY OF BALISTAS AND CATAPULTS

LIII. THE EFFECTS OF ANCIENT SIEGE ENGINES IN WARFARE

LIV. THE DISTANCES TO WHICH ANCIENT SIEGE ENGINES CAST THEIR PROJECTILES

LV. "THE CATAPULT, ITS CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT"

LVI. "THE CATAPULT, ITS CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT (concluded)"

LVII. "THE BALISTA, ITS CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT"

LVIII. THE TREBUCHET

LIX. THE SPRING ENGINE

INDEX

APPENDIX (separately-paginated)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486287201
Author:
Gallwey, Ralph Payne
Author:
Payne-Gallwey, Ralph
Author:
Gallwey, Ralph Payne
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Subject:
Catapult
Subject:
Crossbows.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Crossbow
Subject:
Weapons
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Dover ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor
Series Volume:
J
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
10.13 x 7.25 in 2 lb

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