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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - Early Modern Europe - #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 Last week we wrapped up Europe's Medieval Period (1300 - 1500 AD). This week and next we'll look at the weapons of Early Modern Europe (1500 - 1800).


Musket - large gun which sat on a forked stand to be fired; powerful and unwieldly; shot heavy metal balls


Rapier - (1500's) long, sleek blade and ornate hilt; not a slashing weapon but a thrusting weapon; mostly used for dueling

 
Bronze Culverin - (1500's) a large, bronze canon (pervious ones were made of cast iron which could easily explode); on misfire a bronze canon would rupture rather than explode; lighter and travelled easier


Flintlock pistols - (early 1600's) a simpler mechanisms for lighting the powder; replaced wheellocks which broke easily and required winding with a separate spanner piece; these guns often fired accidentally during loading

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


Photo Credit: Musket - https://www.muzzle-loaders.com%2Ftraditions-1863-zouave-musket-smooth-bore-58-cal-r186306.html&psig=AOvVaw2QZ0YxBft3fftLv5o-SU62&ust=1535035648765855
Photo Credit: Rapier - https://www.sabersmith.com%2Fproduct%2Frapier%2F&psig=AOvVaw3M_QJ5MJn7zjJP_d5HNMKv&ust=1535035683328068
Photo Credit: Culverin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culverin
Photo Credit: Flintlock - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fdenix-left-handed-english-flintlock-pistol-replica-denix.html&psig=AOvVaw1XuH8u3YuDeOUFbsN4Rc7P&ust=1535035818352387

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