Medieval Siege
A Nova video (complete, online, free) on medieval sieges. Click here to view.
Quote: In the Middle Ages, most medieval warfare involved the attacking of castles. A siege against a castle could take weeks, even months - the  attacking army pitted against a well-defended garrison within. By the end of the 13th century, the science of defensive architecture had reached a peak. Stone walls were built thicker and taller than ever before. And archers could easily pick off advancing attackers. But every advance in castle defense drove attackers to devise better siege weapons. 200 years before cannon appeared in Europe, chroniclers make reference to what appears to be the ultimate 13th century siege weapon - an ingenious new form of heavy artillery that flung huge stone balls with such destructive power that castle walls were reduced to rubble. But no ancient weapon of this type has survived. Were such claims gross exaggerations, or did such a weapon really exist? To answer these questions, NOVA brings together a team of experts in medieval warfare who believe they know the secret. Their task - to build siege machines capable of destroying a castle wall at a range of about 200 yards. With just two weeks to meet the challenge, a siege mentality quickly sets in. No modern builders have ever managed to do this before.
Very cool!
Worth watching.  Just two things:

Is Edward the first as bad as they said he was?

I don't like how they referred to castle owners as "leeching off the locals", also.


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