Medieval Weapons

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