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English Longbow

English Longbow. When French soldiers found English archers they would cut off their bow fingers. Hence the insult of flicking 2 fingers.

English Longbow. When French soldiers found English archers they would cut off their bow fingers. Hence the insult of flicking 2 fingers.

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The English longbow, is a powerful medieval longbow about 6 ft (1.8 m) long used for hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, in particular the battles of Sluys (1340), Crécy (1346), and Poitiers (1356), and perhaps most famously at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). It has been suggested that an arrow of a professional archer of Edward III's time would reach 400 yd (370 m) and could fire 6 a minute.

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