- Hardcover: 257 pages
- Publisher: Westholme Pub Llc; 1 edition (20 October 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159416147X
- ISBN-13: 978-1594161476
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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HUGH D. H. SOAR is one of the worlds leading experts in the history of archery, particularly the design and use of the longbow. He is author of a number of important books on archery. including The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow, The Romance of Archery: A Social History of the Longbow, and, with Joseph Gibbs, Christopher Jury, and Mark Stretton, Secrets of the English War Bow, all available from Westholme Publishing.
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I have, I believe, all of his books and many of his fine articles written in various traditional archery magazines and the Journal of the Archer-Antiquaries. In recent years he has published many books on archery tackle and history, and I have pre-ordered several of them in happy anticipation. He is definitely among the top ten authors in the field and his writings' volume is immense, possibly as much as any other author on the subject. I wish we lived in the same vicinity and not across the Atlantic so I could spend some quality time with him. I am an American member of the Society and he as been of great assistance to me at times.
In the 1960's my mentor was O.K. Smathers, who won the French Internationale Tir d'Arc championship several times, the international championship of that era, and who later sat on the first Olympic Archery Commitee when it was recognized by the Olympics as a competitive sport in the early 1970s. We shot in weekly competitions together. I have been collecting archery books, magazines and artefacts from a number of countries for 45+ years. Although I am crippled now with hereditary neuro-muscular diseases archery and crossbows will always be a great love of mine. While I am nowhere near the scholar that Hugh is I very much admire and appreciate the man. People like him have contributed so very much to one of the things I have enjoyed tremendously in this life. I was a competitor and instructor when compound bows nearly wiped out traditional archery and it is people like Hugh who have contributed so much to traditional archery's survival and renaissance of today. For so many people in today's digital cookie cutter age traditional and historical skills hold a romance that vastly enriches their lives. Archery is in the blood of many people like an instinctive memory.
I highly recommend any of his books.