Longbows are the weapon of choice of all the legendary archers of lore, Robin Hood and William Tell being the most famous ones. And even though this form of bow has been around for hundreds of years, the traditional long bow is still being used today in archery competitions and by hobbyists, and its style and looks have not changed much.
Back in medieval times, the bow was made from a single piece of wood, preferably yew.
To increase the range and power of the bow, the size and draw weight of the bow itself should also increase.
It is not uncommon to find bows that are so long that they are taller than the archers
themselves. The humungous size of the traditional long bow is the main reason why it stopped being the
primary weapon used in wars. The first blow came when recurve bows were first used.
These bows are more compact and a lot more powerful than long bows. The final nail on the coffin came when guns were first introduced.
But even though the longbow is not the preferred weapon by military marksmen these days, it is far from forgotten. These bows are still used in most archery competitions and also by some enthusiasts. The modern long bow may still look like the ones used hundreds of years ago, but if you take a closer look, you will find some subtle differences; like how instead of using a single piece of wood, several different kinds are glued together to give maximum performance.
longbow may be an ancient weapon and is no longer used in modern warfare, it is not forgotten in the least. As long as archery is still a recognized sport and there are still people who are fascinated with medieval marksmanship,
longbows will still remain.