The longbow dominated medieval warfare medieval england not only saw the use of longbows in battle but of several types of bows the short bow the composite bow and the long bow in the hundred years war the long bow was used by the english to a devastating effect. The longbow as we recognise it today measuring around the height of a man made its first major appearance towards the end of the middle ages although generally attributed to the welsh longbows have in fact been around at least since neolithic times one made of yew and wrapped in leather was . The wood of the longbow was protected with a rub of wax resin and fine tallow a skilled longbowman could release between 10 12 arrows per minute the longbow could also pierce the armor of a knight at ranges of more than 250 yards the string of the longbow was made from hemp as it was the strongest and least elastic fibre available
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