Make it so!
South Africa's largest medieval event returns for the 10th time this June at Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom Johannesburg!
The crossbow is an iconic weapon of the Middle Ages and, alongside the longbow, one of the most effective ranged weapons of the pre-gunpowder era.
Somewhere between the Shire and Isengard, on the road to Mordor we find a magical place where Hobbits and Orcs, Ents and Elves all live in harmony. Where tradesman and crafters, warriors and wizards and dragons and dwarves can be found wandering freely. Experience battles, beards, stocks, swords, archery, meat and ale. The Middle Earth market will trade all day! Stroll through Rivendell village, purchase wares, fill your bellies, dance and get merry on mead.
War bows were a mainstay of armies throughout the world from the earliest recorded battles over three thousand years ago to the 16th century, when firearms finally came of age. Even then, in some cultures, the bow remained in use by elite warriors. The bow gave combatants the ability to fight at distance and it played an important role in some of the most famous battles in human history.
With a Bended Bow covers all aspects of the manufacture of ‘artillery’, the shooting styles and the uses of mediaeval and Renaissance archery based upon contemporary manuscripts, preserved artefacts and accurate reproductions.
More than 300 beautiful and comprehensive color illustrations showcase the weapons, equipment, techniques, and tactics of the medieval warrior. All types of soldiers appear in stunning detail—including English longbowmen, Norman knights, Milanese crossbowmen, Saxon huscarls, Swiss pikemen, Hussite handgunners, Mongol horse archers, and Mamluk cavalry.