In this episode we cover the history of weaponry and warfare from the stone age to the dawn of the age of gunpowder via the sausage. We discuss the little recognised role of leopards as throwing weapons, Snakes on a Ship, the prequel to Snakes on a Plane and how early chariots were probably drawn by donkeys.
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Some of the pictures below were taken when we went on a family visit to the Milton Keynes History Festival, which was excellent, if hot!
This collection of arrow heads includes hunting arrows, armour-piercing bodkins, a fire arrow, an arrow to cut through a ship’s rigging and even one designed to chip away at masonry. Can you work out which one’s which?
By the time of Agincourt, arrow technology was very advanced. These arrows have very strong shafts and reinforced heads.
The viking is showing how you could use a long spear to go over a shield war. The battleaxe Otto has was also handy against a shield wall as you could hook it over a shield and pull back.
Maces were used by Bishops who were allowed to fight in medieval wars but were not allowed to draw blood.
Books we read:
A History of Warfare by John Keegan
War, What is it Good for?: The Role of Conflict in Civilisation, from Primates to Robots by Ian Morris
Warlords: Ancient – Celtic – Medieval by Tim Newark
Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
Find out more by visiting these websites:
Edward I Trebuchet, more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwolf
Sumerian War Chariot: By Anonymous [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Composite Bow: By Gao Xiang [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Catapult: By Rade Nagraisalović (a.k.a. Тonka) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Ballista: By Ron L. Toms (http://www.Mangonel.com) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Other images by Luke Baxter with kind permission of the people in the photos.