Chronology of the Crossbow

Added 6 January 1997, Revised 8 May 1997

A fair amount of the information on this page is from the chronology presented by W.F. Paterson in his book entitled A Guide to the Crossbow. I will add pieces of crossbow history as I find them. I will preface all of W.F. Paterson's historical notes with an asterisk (*). Other sources will be annotated were possible.

Note: I have changed Mr. Paterson's use of the classic 'BC' and 'AD' to 'BCE' (Before Common Era) and 'CE' (Common Era) respectively, in an attempt to secularize the terminology.

Chronology of Crossbows

Hardy, Robert, Longbow: A Social and Military History, copyright 1992, Robert Hardy. ISBN: 1 85260 412 3

Paterson, W. F., A Guide to the Crossbow, published by the Society of Archer-Antiquities, 1990. No ISBN.

Wilkinson-Latham, Robert, Phaidon Guide to Antique Weapons and Armour, Prentice-Hall, Inc., copyright 1981. ISBN: 0-13-661935-5

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