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Medieval - Warfare

An archer and trebuchet
A trebuchet for throwing missiles at castles. And an archer firing arrows.

The archers dominated Medieval warfare. Every able bodied man was required to practise at 'the butts' for a number of days a year.

The Welsh used a special long bow. When Edward I finally defeated the Welsh in the late thirteenth century, the longbowmen and their skills were brought into the English army.

They were used to devastating effect in the Hundred Years War against against the French. The skills of the longbowmen won the Battle of Agincourt for Henry V despite the fact his soldiers were hugely outnumbered.

The trebuchet in the picture was used in castle sieges. How do you think it worked?


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