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Could anyone point me to some web pages, where I could find some information about weapons used in medieval warfare. I'm doing some research on it, and I would appreciate any useful links.
Most of what I could find on google was concentrating more on selling stuff, rather then having any useful information.
http://www.vikingsword.com/vmframe.html try this
01-24-05, 04:52 AM
Heres a couple
Funny - most of my search results were about games + fantasy story weapons, not the real thing.
01-25-05, 02:10 PM
http://www.thehaca.com check it out, it's so cool
01-25-05, 02:24 PM
Arma is good. Theres more on that site I need to read. Are you, addicted archer, perchance a western martial rtist/ re-enactor?
If your interested in swords, try here:
The reason most google searches come up with fantasy and gaming is because their practitioners have more computer savvy and the obsession necessary to put info up on the web. Meanwhile in the real world theres a fair number of books to be bought about the subject, but putting the info online is tiring.
I have a few more decent sites hidden in my favourites, but what you really want to do for info is look back at a couple of older threads in teh history section, myself and others have put up a fair bit of info.
01-30-05, 08:09 AM
I hope this could help
01-31-05, 12:56 PM
Interesting link, given that medieval seiges are hardly from "lost empires", and we know well enough to to do them, though re-enacting a medieval siege would be painful and dangerous.
This site has lots about trebuchets and suchlike. Me and a friend or two want some siege weaponry.
01-31-05, 02:41 PM
More on the actual construction of siege engines.
I've actually built a couple of model trebuchets, but I never managed to get the sling working effectively. My best throw was maybe 5 or six metres from about a 50cm arm, inspired by watching the NOVA documentary certified psycho links to above.
01-31-05, 03:03 PM
How did you attach the sling? It should be free to move, obviously, but one end should be able to slide off the top of the arm as it comes over, somoetime about vertical.
01-31-05, 03:35 PM
This being a lightweight model, I started out just using a paperclip bent into a hook, a attached the projectile to that, which was workable. I tried using various slings attached to the paperclip with loops, but none of them really worked as well as the paperclip by itself. The models were intended to be just that - at the time we had quite a lot of wood and scaffolding poles in the garden, and we played with the idea of building a bigger version, so I wasn't too worried about the sling problem, as my design worked fine otherwise.
02-14-05, 10:19 PM
The machine gun of the middle ages:
The Medieval English Longbow (http://www.student.utwente.nl/~sagi/artikel/longbow/longbow.html)
English peasants paid 6 pence a day took down 1,500 French knights and their squires in 8 hours at Crecy with the weapon.
02-15-05, 12:33 PM
Always a much beter killing tool than crossbows - why else did Robin hood use longbows?
pity no1 invented a rapid fire or multi-loading longbow!
02-15-05, 12:59 PM
You mean 21 arrows a minute wasnt fast enough for you? Believe me, its fast enough to cover the ground with an arrow every six inches.
The modern historical opinion is that the long bow wasnt quite as important as people have been making it out to be. I note that the linked article says:
""Flodden is a landmark in the history of archery, as the last battle on English soil to be fought with the longbow as the principle weapon..."23 Modern authors maintain that the victory of Flodden was due to archery."
But at least 2 or 3 of the books I have covering that period say it was much more to do with the ill trained scots use of french pikes and poor tactics, than the longbow. If you were to say Halidon Hill and Homildon hill had been won by the archers, I would certainly agree.