Middle Ages and Renaissance BattlesCastle Siegecraft and Defence
Photographs and details of castle seigecraft and defence. After the accession of Henry II castle warfare began slowly to take on a different character. On the one hand, defence was assisted by developments in the plan and construction of castles; on the other, the weaponry of attack was generally improved.
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The Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon England described through the images of the 900 year-old Bayeux Tapestry.
Illustrations of Medieval hand weapons, including the Bill, Danish Axe, Flail, Gisarme, Glaive, Halberd, Holywater Sprinkler, Langdebeve, Lochaber Axe, Mace, Military Fork, Partisan, Pole-Axe, and War-scythe.
Illustrations of the Billista (Arbalist), Mangonel, and Trebuchet.
Includes images and descriptions of swords from the Germanic Iron Age (Migration Period) - 400 to 700 AD, Viking Age - 700 to 1066 AD, Norman Period - 1066 to 1180 AD, and the High Middle Ages - 1180 to 1450 AD
Here we describe some of the major weapons and strategies used in what became a medieval arms race. Direct Assault, Siege Tower, Trebuchet, Battering Ram, Tunnel, Walls, Archers, Gatehouse, Moat. Let the siege begin.