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How Effective Was the Longbow, and What Damage Did it Do?

How Effective Was the Longbow, and What Damage Did it Do?

A debate between Kelly DeVries (Loyola University – Maryland) and Clifford Rogers (US Military Academy – West Point) about the medieval weapon known as the longbow. This weapon was used by English armies since the late 13th century, and in particular during the Hundred Years War. These two medieval military historians discuss whether or not this weapon was particularly effective and killing and wounding the enemy in battle.

This debate was held during the ‘Dancing with Death: Warfare, Wounds and Disease in the Middle Ages” symposium, at California University of Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2010.

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