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Mr Clinton Reilly on The Longbow and the Gunpowder Revolution

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents

Mr Clinton Reilly


The Longbow and the Gunpowder Revolution.

A Study in Military Innovation: with reference to the battles of Agincourt, Patay, Cerignola and Bicocca.


We have all heard of the legendary power of the English Longbow and how, in the opinion of some historians, it dominated the battlefields of Medieval Europe. Why then did the English army and others move rapidly from this awesome weapon to gunpowder weapons (with their obvious deficiencies) in the 16th Century? What motivated this major innovation across the battlefields of Western Europe? The answers are not always what we may expect. Come and be entertained by this analysis which is based on some of the more recent scientific studies of the weapons of the period, such as the Graz Armoury Tests.


Saturday, 14 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Anzac Room, 99 York St Conference and Function Centre, Sydney

Entry is free. RSVP is essential by Wednesday 11 January 2017 as numbers are restricted (02) 9660 7225 / 0418 400 825 or email


The Longbow and the Gunpowder Revolution


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