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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - Medieval Europe (part three) - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory


Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. This week we'll continue to look at some of the weapons created during Europe's Medieval Period (1300 - 1500 AD).

English Longbow - a large bow made from flexible wood (like yew, ash, elm). These bows took four years to craft. Training to use these powerful bows started when a boy was 7 years old and proceeded for 10 years. Once trained, the man could pull the string with a draw weight of over 150 pounds (image the arm muscles) and could shoot 12 rounds per minute.

Bodkin-Tipped Arrow - these deadly-looking arrowheads were added to the longbow's arrows and could pierce armor

Mancatcher or Man Catcher - a giant metal claw device with spikes inside to slip around a victim's neck

A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7

Photo Credit: Longbow and Longbows man - http://www.historyforkids.net/medieval-longbow.html
Photo Credit: Mancatcher - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_catcher
Photo Credit: Bodkin Arrowhead - https://www.medievalarchery.com/p-20870-long-bodkin-point-arrowhead.aspx

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