It’s not easy to shoot the English longbow, but in Medieval England, it was the law to learn how.
The English longbow was such an important part of England’s history that they made the training of it mandatory by law.
Only through repetitive training could an archer achieve accuracy through “instinctive” shooting. This refers to aiming by looking at the target rather than using a site. Many archers still choose to shoot instinctively today.
It was the English longbow that greatly influenced the 100 Years War, specifically at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
Many believe that the obscene gesture of the middle finger originated from this battle as the French would cut the fingers of English archers. In defiance, the English would show they still had their middle finger.
Unfortunately, this common misconception is not the truth.