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Medieval Weapons were (are) very dangerous. They
Can kill, puncture, wound, hurt, or anything else. All weapons
From the Middle Ages were looked upon as frightening and crucial
Tools to kill. From a small 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 carried many weapons depending
On what specialty they had. Some carried bows-and-arrows, others
Maces, some swords, some knifes, etc.
A mace was a metal ball with metal spikes welded on the
Ball. A chain was attached to a wood stick onto the ball. The
Mace would not kill only torture.
Other siege weapons included the ballista, a HUGE
Crossbow- like slingshot that could send a huge tree trunk 3 football fields
Long. The ballasta was manly for breaking down castle walls, or for
A heavily guarded area.
The most commonly used weapon was the sword. It was a long metal
Object that was very sharp on both sides. The sword could actually cut the
Sheet metal on modern day cars. Imagine this power through your neck!
Next to the sword, the "soldiers" held a small dagger in a pouch on
Their belt. This was used to finish people off, as a last resort, or sometimes
Even suicide missions.
Trebuchet, the name strikes fear in people’s eyes, a HUMONGOUS
Slingshot that could send a big monkeys boulder 2 football fields. This
Weapon could be used to demolish castle walls, or could even be used to kill
Hundreds of people on the battlefield. Anyway used, it was a big dangerous
Medieval Warfare and Weaponry
In the Middle Ages, the nobility of many cultures had large fortifications built to house a small town as well as themselves. These fortification were called castles, and they were so well defended that some historians have called it the most formidable weapon of medieval warfare (Hull 1). As one can imagine, conquering such a colossal structure cost much money, even more time, and many lives.
There were three main ways to infiltrate a castle; each no more common than the other two. The first way to conquer to castle is known as the siege. In a siege, an army would bar passageways into the castle, and continue to pound away at the castle\'s defenses until it was vulnerable to a final attack. In this form of assault, the attacking party did not have to approach the castle, as was required in a storm, the second way to attack a castle. In a siege, large projectiles from catapults often bombarded the ramparts of the castle. Hunger, plague, or actual weapons such as Greek fire arrows killed off the defenders of the castle. Greek fire was a mixture comprised of highly flammable substances that was agonizingly hot. Bits of cloth were dipped into the Greek fire compound and wrapped it behind the head of an arrow, and then lit on fire. Yet another common tactic in the siege was undermining. Undermining was the digging of tunnels underneath towers. However, the purposes of such subterranean activity were not for passage, but to create instability in the towers and in the end cause their disintegration.
The second, more certain form of attack upon a castle was the blockade. To blockade a place was to preclude all entry and departure from the site. In doing so to a castle, one limited their food supply, for a castle, unlike a manor, could not survive unless contact with the outer world could be attained. However, starving a castle out was costly in both money and especially time. For a long while an army waited for the castle to deplete their resources, the army itself had to continue to supply themselves with such resources and the soldiers were to be paid for their vigilant act.
Although it was costly and lengthy, blockade did work. Richard the Lionhearted\'s stronghold, the Chateau-Gaillard, which was built in only a year along the Seine River, was sacked on March 6, 1204 by blockade. The Chateau, like many great citadels, was regarded as invicible, for
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