Monthly Archives: February 2011

Siege of the Jealousy castle

Flemish tapestry, early 16th century (Hermitage, St.Petersburg). Note how crossbow… er…woman is using her thumb to hold the bolt in place.

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St.Sernin, Toulouse – demons with crossbows

The earliest medieval sculptural depiction of crossbow. Figure in the middle is holding projectiles which at first glance are quite similar to later bolts but this may be artistic convention: on most romanesque carwings arrows and bowstrings are very thick … Continue reading

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spaning hook- version 1

Long “danish” spaning hook on simple loop for atachment to the belt. These hooks are quite common in medieval paintings but most archeological finds are of smaller hooks with shorter “necks”. It is working   fine even now and will work even … Continue reading

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Crossbowmen from battle of San Romano

Note the spaning postures and how the thumbs are used to secure the bolt.

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Crossbows and crossbowmen in 13th century pipe rolls

45 Balistarii venientium cum armis doinini Regis, xijd. In Fulcone veniente cum duobus equis domini Episcopi circa festum Sancti Lucae per ij dies, iijd 65 Idem reddit compotum de vj scutis, iij lanceis, j talevaz, xviij capellis, unde xij ferrei, … Continue reading

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