Medieval archer takes aim with a drawn longbow


Bows have been used to hunt game since prehistoric times. The practice is now mostly dominated by firearms, but in some countries they are still used.

In England, during the middle ages, the longbow was an important weapon, though its use as a hunting tool was restricted to the noble classes. Ordinary people, who were required by law to practise with it and use it for war, were strictly forbidden to hunt with it.

The longbow

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A special exhibition in the White Tower at the Tower of London, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

23 October 2015

Tower of London

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Guns and arrows

The first European picture of a firearm shows it shooting an arrow.