Many myths and legends out of medieval England depict triumphant knights winning the day, greedy kings expanding their domains and fierce battles between good and evil. In short, they tell the stories of great heroes.
Hollywood has again reinvented one popular medieval legend with the movie "Robin Hood." A crusader for justice and expert marksman, Robin Hood leads an uprising against the forces of corruption.
While we can't sneak you into the movie, we can offer you a glimpse of the weapons of warfare that made the knights and heroes of olde the legends they are.
BOWS AND CROSSBOWS
Robin Hood's weapon of choice, the bow and arrow has been around for thousands of years.
Ancient cultures have been making arrows starting around 25,000-30,000 years ago, a practice reaching as far back as ancient Egypt. Even crossbows date back to 3rd-century Greece.
The bow was made out of a strip of flexible material, usually wood. A woven cord linked the two ends to form a tension. Arrows had a straight, wooden shaft with feathers at the end for balance. Arrowheads were originally made out of burnt wood, but were then replaced with stone, bone and later metal.