- Nov 2018
I could definitely speak at length about the ways that the English longbow was overrated. So even if eastern composite bows were 20-40% more efficient than the longbow, I'd say that the bar is set pretty low.
And again even if an archer can draw a really strong bow once, having to draw it again and again gets tiring fast. Especially on long campaigns where archers have aready been worn out from marching, sleeping out in the cold on hard ground, and don't aways have the opportunity to eat good, hearty meals each day, it apperently wasn't uncommon for many archers to be unable to draw their bows more than half way. Getting archers to draw and aim properly with each shot was especially problematic during pitched battles where there was a lot of confusion and when the enemy was often shooting back at them with actual guns and cannons.