Medieval Weapons Essay, Research Paper
Medieval Weapons were (are) very dangerous. They
can kill, puncture, wound, hurt, or anything else. All weapons
from the Middle Ages were looked upon as frightening and crucial
tools to kill. From a small dagger to a large cannon; all weapons
would kill, no doubt about it.
A lot, in fact most of the weapons were used for siege and
defense against castles. Castles were the most integral part of the
Middle Ages. They held the king, the servants and anyone else
important. If you wanted land or money, a castle was the perfect
place to hit.
Movable Towers were just one thing used to lay siege on
these castles. Not necessarily a weapon itself, it held
weapons knights and peasants.
Knights and (or) peasants carried many weapons depending
on what specialty they had. Some carried bows-and-arrows, others
maces, some swords, some knifes, etc.
A mace was a metal ball with metal spikes welded on the
ball. A chain was attached to a wood stick onto the ball. The
mace would not kill only torture.
Other siege weapons included the ballista, a HUGE
crossbow- like slingshot that could send a huge tree trunk 3 football fields
long. The ballista was manly for breaking down castle walls, or for scattering
a heavily guarded area.
The most commonly used weapon was the sword. It was a long metal
object that was very sharp on both sides. The sword could actually cut the
sheet metal on modern day cars. Imagine this power through your neck!
Next to the sword, the soldiers held a small dagger in a pouch on
their belt. This was used to finish people off, as a last resort, or sometimes
even suicide missions.
Trebuchet, the name strikes fear in people s eyes, a HUMONGOUS
slingshot that could send a big monkey boulder 2 football fields. This
weapon could be used to demolish castle walls, or could even be used to kill
hundreds of people on the battlefield. Anyway used, it was a big dangerous