The Art Of The Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, And More Ancient Artillery
- Number of Pages: 192
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Whether playing at defending their personal castle or merely chucking pumpkins more than a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will grow to be fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, along employing the Wild Donkey— ancient artillery devices recognized commonly as catapults. The colorful history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Fantastic and his battle of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, in addition to all the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle. Instructions and diagrams illustrate the way to create seven authentic working model catapults, like an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult technology, the English trebuchet. Building these straightforward however sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics employing levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and the way to construct and use a hand sling plus a staff sling.
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