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  • Catapult Research Paper

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    During the Middle Ages, many weapons were created to help in the winning battles.There was a weapon was the siege engine called a catapult. The term catapult came from the Greek word "katapultos". A catapult was a large machine on wheels with a basket attached to a long wooden arm and a power source for hurling projectiles on the other.The first catapult however was invented around 400 BC in Greek town Syracuse. It was not the type seen so many times at our own wars in today's Society for Creative

  • Medieval Weapons Essay

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    dagger to a large cannon; all weapons Would kill, no doubt about it. A lot, in fact most of the weapons were used for siege and Defense against castles. Castles were the most integral part of the Middle Ages. They held the king, the servants and anyone else Important. If you wanted land or money, a castle was the perfect Place to hit. Movable Towers were just one thing used to lay siege on These castles. Not necessarily a weapon itself, it held Weapons…knights and peasants. Knights and (or) peasants

  • Catapults: a History

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    catapult has been used all throughout history as a siege engine. A siege engine is a device that is designed to break or circumvent city walls and other fortifications in siege warfare. A catapult was one of the approximately 10 weapons used in siege warfare during an assault on a castle or fortification. Some other weapons used in both ancient and medieval siege warfare included the well known trebuchet, the classic battering ram, and the siege tower. All of these devices and their relatives were

  • Essay on Medieval Battle Tactics

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    for an attack or siege of a castle. Many tactics and strategies helped develop much-improved version of an attacking artifact, like weapons and sieging machinery. The knights of Medieval England which were the cavalry, improved as the years went by, but never actually had any tactics or strategies. The usual knight would just go out there and fight. The knights were the counter offensive against a small siege, but they were ineffective against a large siege of a castle. A siege was very essential

  • Military Maps

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    In the Yale Center for British Art, one can find a beautiful map, titled: “The Description of Jarsey a(nn)o 1600.” One noticeable trait that stands out with this map compared to others in the 16th and early 17th centuries is the exquisite detail of topographical features. According to an exhibition of the map, this is “from the collection of George Legge, first Baron Dartmouth; previously in the English Royal map collection” (Yale Center, From the Collection). One might wonder why a map, with the

  • The University Center For British Art

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    In the Yale Center for British Art, one can find a beautiful map titled: “The Description of Jarsey a(nn)o 1600.” One trait that stands out with this map compared to others drafted the 16th and early 17th centuries is the exquisite detail depicted in the topographical features. According to a display featured in an exhibition of the map, this is “from the collection of George Legge, first Baron Dartmouth; previously in the English Royal map collection” (Yale Center, From the Collection). One might

  • General Zhousbek's Battle Analysis

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    immediately from within the stable, leading his already saddled horse. Grabbing the reins from the boy, he quickly mounted and rode out to join the men who were waiting for him. It was no secret that Lord Nightburn planned to use catapults in the siege of Whitefield since they lined the streets of Banniff. Riding up to the lieutenant left in charge, he exchanged words, then he shouted the order, resulting with the catapults beginning to move out of the city. A large detail of soldiers, perhaps

  • The History and Importance of the Trebuchet

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    and defense systems during times of siege, and could determine the fate of entire empires. Siege engines were some of the most important technological advancements of their time and could drastically sway outcomes of battles. Of the siege engines, the trebuchet played a very influential role in history for nearly two thousand

  • A Study of Warfare in Europe Between 1300 and 1500

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    far the better siege weapons. Their importance gave rise to a kind of 'arms race' in France in particular, with cities in the contested areas of the Hundred Years War assigning the acquisition of guns a high priority. Charles the Bold's army included a substantial artillery element in his war with the Swiss (although he was perhaps not a good enough general to make effective use of it), while in 1494, Charles VIII invaded Italy with "...an army of 18,000 men and a horse-drawn siege-train of at least

  • Gunpowder Revolutionized Medieval Europe And The End Of The Medieval Style Of Warfare

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    decline of the knight and the end of the medieval style of warfare. Prior to this, all medieval weapons depended on the strength of the user to operate; from the largest most complex torsion and gravity driven siege machines to a poor farmer’s dirk, all weapons used human strength. While siege weapons would be dependent on leverage and a ratcheting mechanism to draw a rope to prime a ballista or ready a mangonel, other weapons like a traditional war bow would be dependent on raw brute strength. As

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