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Evolution of the Medieval Firearm: Handgonnes, Touch-holes, Houfnices, and War Wagons

Once firearms reached Europe in the 13th Century, they swiftly generated a great deal of interest, and smiths began experimenting with different types of barrels, as alchemists continued to explore new pyrotechnic and explosive compounds. These early weapons, and the powder which gave them life, were difficult to handle and were not easily portable; you …

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Deadly Firearms were all over the Medieval Battlefield

This is a really fun video which shows some re-enactors enjoying the loud and ferocious bark of early black-powder firearms. But the kit they are using here is actually quite accurate. This is what medieval firearms looked like. These 15th Century weapons are crude compared to a modern assault rifle, but they are nevertheless deadly …

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What does an Early Historic Settlement Actually look like?

PDF Link One of the most persistent and annoying clichés of genre fiction and film is the helpless pseudo-medieval village. This has been portrayed at least hundreds if not thousands of times in shows, films, computer games and tabletop role playing games. The scene varies in detail but it’s always essentially the same. Peaceful folk …

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Claymore Origins & a History of Giant Swords (Military History)

PDF Link Codex Guide To: The Scottish Claymore The great Scottish two-handed sword which we associate in our imagination with the Scottish Highlander, has attracted avid interest for centuries. A huge, brutal looking, yet somehow elegant weapon, its imposing size implies fantastic power. It looks heavy and intimidating, and its origins are mysterious, but we …

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