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The Trebuchet

which would be far too light a weight to be of any service in an engine of the kind.

The trebuchet is sometimes depicted in mediaeval books with an arm like

Fig. 215. Trebuchets Throwing Barrels Filled with Earth into the Ditch Outside a Fortress, so as to Enable the Besiegers to Pass Over It and Apply Their Scaling Ladders to the Walls.
Fig. 215. Trebuchets Throwing Barrels Filled with Earth into the Ditch Outside a Fortress, so as to Enable the Besiegers to Pass Over It and Apply Their Scaling Ladders to the Walls.

Criticism. - A very elaborate and fanciful drawing. The counterpoise of the nearer engine could not swing back between the uprights, and it and the other engine would each require at least six men to work the windlasses.

The barrels would not be projected 30 yards and the men working the engines would be slain by the archers on the battlements of the besieged fortress.


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