The History of Mongolian Archery
Talk the Talk
Walk the Walk
~ Marco Polo ~
Ancient Archery in Mongolia
Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire
Even though you are viewed as the son of the heavens, I am still not convinced about the abilities of your soldiers. If any one of them hits with a single arrow a small red flag from a distance of 100 num (one num equals the length of a bowstring, which is almost 1.5 metres), I will become your ally and friend – if not, we will be enemies.
Mongolian Archery Techniques, Equipment and Tactics
The Decline and Resurgence of Traditional Mongolian Archery
More Archery History
The bow and arrow has been used since at least the Palaeolithic Era (late Stone Age) and the earliest known composite bow was used in Egypt c.2800 BCE. Ancient and medieval archery were used for hunting and warfare though with the invention of the firearm, modern archery has developed into a popular sport that is enjoyed all over the world.
Archery history in England saw the use of various forms of bow and arrow, including the short bow, crossbow and the medieval longbow. While the medieval short bow’s usefulness on the battlefield was limited, the crossbow and later the longbow helped English forces defeat much larger opponents which ultimately led to medieval archers gaining respect and prestige.