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Medieval archer. Source: Warpedgalerie / Adobe Stock.

Mastering the Bow: The Life of a Medieval Archer (Video)


Imagine yourself standing on the front lines of a medieval battlefield, equipped with only a bow and arrow. This was the reality for archers during the Middle Ages, whose skills were often the deciding factor in a battle's outcome. These archers trained tirelessly to perfect their craft, honing their aim and endurance through countless hours of practice.

Their weapons, such as the famed English longbow, had the power to penetrate armor and cause significant damage to the enemy. This video explores what it was like to be a medieval archer, examining their training, role in battle, and the challenge they faced in proving their worth in the English army.

Top image: Medieval archer. Source: Warpedgalerie / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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