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: Medieval trebuchet. Source: anibal / Adobe Stock.

Siege and Snipe: The Deadly Impact of Trebuchets and Longbows (Video)

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Trebuchets and medieval longbows were both iconic weapons of warfare during the medieval period, each possessing unique characteristics and playing vital roles on the battlefield. Trebuchets were massive siege engines capable of launching projectiles with incredible force and accuracy. Their range could exceed 300 meters, making them formidable weapons for castle sieges. Trebuchets had immense power, capable of hurling heavy stones, fireballs, or even diseased animals into enemy fortifications. However, their size and complexity required considerable resources and time to construct, limiting their mobility and deployment options. Trebuchets also needed a skilled crew to operate effectively, making them vulnerable to enemy attacks.

On the other hand, the medieval longbow was a highly versatile weapon, known for its exceptional range and penetrating power. With a range of up to 200 meters, longbows allowed archers to rain down a barrage of arrows on the enemy from a safe distance. Their simple design and portability made them ideal for both open-field battles and sieges. Longbows provided a significant advantage against armored knights, as their arrows could penetrate armor and cause severe damage. However, longbows required considerable strength to draw and shoot effectively, demanding years of training to become a skilled archer.

Top image: Medieval trebuchet. Source: anibal / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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