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Author Gurstelle, William.

Title The art of the catapult : build Greek ballistae, Roman onagers, English trebuchets, and more ancient artillery / William Gurstelle.

Publication Info. Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2004]


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 Canton Public Library - Children's Department  J 745.509 GURSTELLE    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Children's Department  J 623.441 GURSTELLE    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Juvenile Nonfiction  J 623.441 GURSTELLE    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Children's Department  J623.4 GUR    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  623.441 GURSTELLE    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  623.441 GUR    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Children's Department  J 355.8 GUR    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  623.441 GU    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xvii, 172 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-168) and index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Time line -- Introduction: Days before gunpowder -- Always be careful -- Science of siege -- Catapults around the world: Spring engine catapult -- Viking catapult -- Shooting snakes in a barrel--Catapults of Alexander the Great: Alexander's artillery: Macedonian ballista -- Slings of the ancients: Ballearic hand sling -- Thracian staff sling -- Black flag flies over acre--Saladin, Richard, and the third crusade: God's stone thrower: Traction-style catapult -- Cabulus, the great horse trebuchet: Cabulus, the great horse trebuchet.
Summary With some scrap wood, rope, hammer, nails, and this book, build seven historic catapults including Ludgar the War Wolf, God's Stone Thrower, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey -- simple yet sophisticated hurling machines that rely on the fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Through these exciting projects, the colorful history of siege warfare comes to life -- the stories of Alexander the Great and the battle of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle. For the legions of Tolkien fans, budding backyard warriors, and engineering wizards, this book is a must-have.
Subject Catapult -- History.
Ballista -- History.
Catapult -- Design and construction.
Ballista -- Design and construction.
Added Title Catapult
ISBN 1556525265
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