Middle Ages

The Sack of Magdenburg.

by Daniel Russ on May 3, 2013

  The Thirty Years War was a battle to end the absolute totalitarian Catholic church rule over the ways to God, as it were. It was fought primarily by the Byzantines, or the remnants of the Eastern Roman Empire who were allies with the Vatican against a series of Bohemian and Germanic states. The radical […]

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Beware The Landsknecht.

by Daniel Russ on February 5, 2013

  Landknecht Landknecht With Wife   Well, you have to be careful what you wish for. Or ask for.  When Byzantine Emperor Alexios asked Urban II  for help rousting Ottoman raiders, he expected about 600 armored knights. What he got was a teeming mass of hungry, illiterate peasants. The middle ages are rife with this […]

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No Knights Did NOT Have To Be Lifted On Their Horses Because Their Armor Weighed So Much.

August 5, 2012

  It was during the filming of Henry, that the Master of the Armories at the Tower of London, Sir James Mann, had an absolute fit. He was acting as technical advisor to the filming of this famous movie and wanted to show King Henry in Knights armor that was so heavy he had to […]

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The Gastraphetes

April 11, 2012

  The Gastraphetes was a type of compound bow used about 400BC by the ancient Greeks and Macedonians. Heron of Alexandria, the great inventor describes it in Belopoeica, and  there exists also a description by the 3rd century BC engineer Ctesibius. The name gives away its western translated moniker: the Belly Bow. Once you locked […]

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The Artillery of the Middle Ages

September 24, 2009

Trebuchets were early forms of artillery, that used a counterweight and a high radial throwing arm to toss projectiles into or over castle walls. Here area couple of large Trebuchets, the top one recreated in France. The throwing machines were less sophisticate  than rope torsion catapults and easier to load. They were parked outside of […]

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