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