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.

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

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Comprehensively illustrated with original drawings and selections from historical manuscripts, this is an essential reference book for the historian, weapon connoisseur or crossbowman. --Gunmart

The author of this remarkable book, who died 90 years ago, wrote regularly in The Field and was a man of rare character and eccentricity. It is scholarly, charmingly written, profusely illustrated and chock-full of the most fascinating historical detail. --The Field

An eccentric expert in all things projectile, Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey is a hero to the shooting community. This insight into the workings and history of a more combustible nature, this insight into the workings and history of a more rudimentary weapon is fascinating. --Shooting Times & Country Magazine

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