The preferred material to make the longbow was yew, although ash,
elm and other woods were also used.
Gerald of Wales (1146 - 1223) speaking of the bows used by the Welsh
men of Gwent, says: "They are made neither of horn, ash nor yew, but
of elm; ugly unfinished-looking weapons, but astonishingly stiff,
large and strong, and equally capable of use for long or short
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