(Timothy Sydney) Robert Hardy CBE DLitt Master 1990 - 1992
Robert Hardy was born on the 29 Oct 1925 in Cheltenham, Glouscestershire, and educated at Rugby School, Magdalen College, Oxford.
Robert Hardy, an actor since 1949, has been seen on stages and screens large and small, in countless countries and by millions of people. His thespian credit are too numerous to list here, but mention Siegfried Farnon or Winston Churchill and his work is called immediately to mind. He is less well known as a conservationist. For some years a trustee of the World Wild Life Fund, he was arguing for restraint and balance of an expanding urban society upon the countryside and wild life long before this was fashionable.
Since the Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London were put in the hands of trustees appointed by Parliament he has been a member of that Board He is also a a Trustee of the Mary Rose Trust, to which he has been a consultant since 1979. This has allowed him a unique chance to study at first hand the weapon that is the subject of this book. Indeed it was the first edition of Longbow which bought his specialist knowledge to the notice of Dr Margaret Rule, the Archaeological Director of the Mary Rose Trust, when the first longbow was recovered from the wreck of Henry VIII's warship.
He has written a sequel to Longbow - The Great Warbow which is a study in closer focus, its tactical and strategic use from before he Battle of Hastings to the Mary Rose of the mid 16th Century.
Robert Hardy was brought up on the borders of England and Wales, an area which down the centuries saw the use of the longbow in guerrilla warfare, and its evolution into a weapon of massive power during the hundred years war and tragically, also the wars of he Roses.
Today he lives in the Cotswolds. He has a son and two daughters. He was awarded a CBE in 1981, and an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Reading University in 1990. He was Master Bowyer 1990 - 1992, his interests include archery, bowyery, horsemanship. He is a member of the Royal Toxophilite Society and the British Longbow Club.