Medieval Siege Weapons (1)

Western Europe AD 585–1385

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Medieval Siege Weapons (1)

Western Europe AD 585–1385

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The Medieval era was a period of huge variety and invention in siege warfare. Before the use of cannon and other gun-powder artillery, siege engines relied on assorted sources of power, from torsion 'energy storage' systems to man-power, counter-balances and others. This book reveals how technological traditions from the Graeco-Roman world, Persia, India and above all China made a massive contribution to siege warfare techniques. It also covers developments in military engineering, such as mining, counter-mining, the breaking of walls, the use of noxious and chemical fumes and the use of fire-weapons.

Table of Contents

Introduction · The Background · Throwing Machines · Dropping Devices And Incendiary Weapons · Bibliography · Colour Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published Sep 18 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841762357
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 45 b/w; 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 58
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…


Sam Thompson

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