The Composite Bow cover


An ancient design, emerging from Central Asia in the second millennium B.C., the composite bow was adopted by a staggering variety of cultures, from nomadic tribal peoples such as the Huns, Turks, and Mongols, to mighty empires such as the Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Arabs, and Chinese. Offering high power and portability, the composite bow was an ideal cavalry weapon, though it was also used by infantry in open battle, and as a siege weapon. In this important study, an expert on Eastern military technology tells the story of this extraordinary piece of military hardware: how it was made and how various cultures developed differing tactics for using it. He explains why the composite bow achieved such stunning successes, and how it endured as a weapon of choice for thousands of years.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Aug 23 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472805911
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 65 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 43
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mike Loades

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