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Aetheric Dreams • 2 years ago

A Trebuchet was a powerful catapult that came into wide use in the 1100s. It was probably invented by the Moors but soon the Catholic forces were copying it as well. It would hurl a 350 pound weight with great force a significant distance. It was used against castles and it stayed in wide use even after the introduction of gun powder in 1300. It could be powered by a counterweight or be pulled by a group of men. Because of its power it replaced the onager which had been in use since Roman times.

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