The Discovery of the Crossbow
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The Discovery of the Crossbow

The Discovery of the Crossbow




      

The Discovery of the Crossbow


The Discovery of the Crossbow

It was in the Middle Ages that the longbow reached its greatest perfection, and the time was ripe for an improvement in the art of shooting. There were wonderful tournaments held by the bowmen of the various roving companies, and there was one archer whose mighty prowess was far-famed, for in virtue of his great strength he could bend a powerful bow and shoot an arrow farther than any one he had yet contended with.

At one of these tournaments was a doughty marksman of small size who had a shorter and stiffer bow than those commonly used and as the others shot he watched the flight of the arrows with small interest. When his turn came he sat him down upon the ground, braced his feet against the bow, slipped an arrow on the string and with the tremendous leverage thus gained he bent the bow until it was almost double.

To the surprise of everyone except those of his own company his arrow flew nearly twice as far as that of the giant bowman bracketed as his peer. It was in this strange way that the principle of the crossbow was discovered.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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