The decline and fall of the English longbow

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itunes-logoThis episode of the podcast ”…and the sky went black!”, tales and history of the English longbow is a bit sad. It deals with the decline and eventual disappearance of the English longbow, from the battlefield. A gradual process which occurred during the 16th and 17th century.

Benjamin_Franklin_1767.jpgAs late as 1776, the famous American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter:

But I still wish, with you, that pikes could be introduced and I would add bows and arrows. These were good weapons, not wisely laid aside;

  1. Because a man may shoot as truly with a bow as with a common musket.
  2. He can discharge four arrows in the time of charging and discharging one bullet.
  3. His object is not taken from his view by the smoke of his own side.
  4. A flight of arrows, seen coming upon them, terrifies and disturbs the enemies’ attention to their business.
  5. An arrow striking in any part of a man puts him out of combat till it is extracted.
  6. Bows and arrows are more easily provided everywhere than muskets and ammunition.

sloapt.gifThus, we are encountered with a historical mystery: Why was the longbow replaced by firearms, during the 16th century, if the longbow remained a superior weapon well into the 19th century?

There are several answers to this complex question, and we discuss them in this episode of the podcast: ”The decline and fall of the English longbow”!

Our podcast has been critiqued, since it sounds ”pretty much like the Swedish chef after a week in Cardiff”. That is quite correct! Being Swedish, we are sorry for our horrible English. But hopefully there’s something interesting in our efforts, anyway. 🙂

loggaBehind this humble production are Henrik Arnstad, science journalist specialising in history, and historian Adam Westlund, specialising in medieval history.

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And the sky went black: The Battles of Crécy and Agincourt (podcast)

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itunes-logo.jpgThis episode of the podcast ”…and the sky went black!”, tales and history of the English longbow deals with two famous battles, where the English longbow triumphed: Crécy (1346) and Agincourt (1415).

logga.pngThe episode is called The Battles of Crécy and Agincourt: We happy few, we band of brothers!, referring to the famous speech by king Henry V in Shakespeares drama, named after the English king who fought at Agincourt.

Behind this humble production are Henrik Arnstad, science journalist specialising in history, and historian Adam Westlund, specialising in medieval history.

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”…and the sky went black!” A podcast about the English longbow.

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itunes-logo.jpgMay the English forgive us Swedes, but this is the premiere episode (a total of five episodes are planned) of the brand new podcast ”…and the sky went black!”, tales and history of the English longbow.

This first episode is called ”The English longbow in medieval warfare”, and is sort of an introduction. Later episodes will deal with The hundred years war, the decline of the longbow and many other things.

Behind this humble production are Henrik Arnstad, science journalist specialising in history, and historian Adam Westlund, specialising in medieval history.

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