Medieval Catapult

Catapult Plans

Missiles thrown by catapults occasionally included human excrement, dead horses and even captured soldiers.

Trebuchets, or medieval catapults, were usually fitted with stone balls weighing up to 400 lbs. However, during a weeks-long siege, desperate armies loaded the weapon with anything on hand.

No pity was shown an unfortunate negotiator (see above) whose peace terms were rejected by flinging him back over the castle wall. Otherwise, 'instant' catapult fodder included dead or diseased animals, rotten food, excrement or even soldiers who died from the Black Death, a practice some historians believe helped



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