Medieval Gunpowder

Gunpowder weapons were the leading edge of technology in the late medieval era.

Gunpowder weapons took two forms, artillery, and hand-held guns. The two systems were employed tactically in sieges and battles

All forms of gunpowder weapons relied on chemical and metal-working advancements of the time, and their effective exploitation in warfare relied upon new thinking of the military commanders.

The earliest employment of gunpowder weapons may not have been recorded, as such incidents in battle were most likely experiments. The first few reports of guns in chronicles are often questioned. Modern scholars distinguish between combustible objects being hurled from non-gunpowder machines, and the actual use of gunpowder as an explosive to propel objects from a gun.



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