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The generally accepted effective distance for an English longbow was about 200 yards, which is equal to about 182 metres, or twice as high as the Statue of Liberty (about the same height as the proposed Statue of Unity in India). In 1549 the tallest tower in the world was Lincoln’s Cathedral, at 159 metres, but when that fell down St Mary’s Church tower, at 151, became the tallest until 1647.
It is interesting to note that until the Eiffel Tower in 1889, the tallest tower in the world was never more than 159 metres. And you can hardly use the Eiffel as a fortified defensive structure.
Hope that helps, but I’ve been assuming a medieval setting. More details about available technology in your world, especially with regard to meterials (e.g. do they have access to steel support beams?), would be great.
maybe they have really pathetic bows? That would be a believable fault.
It could be before the longbow was made, and there could be the kind of stigma against archery that some people had about it being a ‘coward’s weapon’. I think it matters what part of the middle ages that you’re talking about. Like, the 1200’s or the 1500’s? There’s a world of difference between how the two fought.
The 200 yards thing is over flat ground, though, right? Wouldn’t shooting upward shorten the distance somewhat, due to the effects of gravity?
And English longbows were pretty much the top as far as bows went in Europe at the time, so an inferior type of bow could have a shorter distance (but it’d still go pretty far).
True, it wouldn’t be 200 yards directly upwards, but against real historical towers it would only need to go 160 feet upwards. Or into the nearest window, covered in flaming pitch-soaked rags.
As far as I know, historically, there was no real stigma about archery. It just wasn’t as effective as many people like to make it sound. Crossbows could be far more powerful than bows, especially ones made for sieges.