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

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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).


Shillelagh - (1300's) Irish knobby wooden stick


Claymore - (1400's) Scottish two-handed sword; handle usually had spiral leather wrappings for grip


Bombard - (1300's/1400's) By 1453 gunpowder becomes predominant in European warfare and completely changes the game.


Matchlock Arquebus - (1400's) these heavy, cumbersome guns were fired by touching a match to a hole; fired one shot at a time so they were slow to reload; inaccurate; could pierce armor at a few yards

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


Photo Credit: Shillelagh - https://www.medievalcollectibles.com%2Fp-41150-blackthorn-shillelagh-fighting-stick.aspx&psig=AOvVaw0NsPy14LznsbvymPdC2ToC&ust=1535035012549614
Photo Credit: Claymore - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fmedieval-claymore-replica-sword-letter-opener-denix.html&psig=AOvVaw3RFC4h5TBA_YgbE9wMeqRg&ust=1535035053794976
Photo Credit: Bombard - http://www.medievalchronicles.com/medieval-weapons/gun-powder-weapons/medieval-gunpowder-weapons-medieval-bombard-canon-2/
Photo Credit: Matchlock - http://www.revolutionarywarjournal.com%2Fmatchlocks-flintlocks-firelocks-that-tamed-a-new-world-claimed-an-american-revolution%2F&psig=AOvVaw3V4PpkvS5dyLVjwDJ0dFKs&ust=1535035163423764

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