is a Trebuchet ? How
does a Trebuchet work ?
Centuries before the practical use of gunpowder, ancient armies employed
artillery against castles and fortifications using enormous throwing
machines powered by humans ,
cord , bent wood and metal, or gravity
Ingenious and varied in their design
, these great siege machines, or
engines, hurled large stone balls and flaming tar to breach castle
walls and set fire to interior buildings.
The trebuchet , or Trebuket
, as it is sometimes known, is a direct decendant of the simple sling
, or what is commonly known as a slingshot . Introduced
into siege warfare during the
twelfth century, the trebuchet
, powered by gravity alone, was the most effective siege weapon of its