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Spaning belt detail

Since mine spaning belt is nearing a point of no return where the buckle must be fastened, prototyp must be selected. Looks like I will be using Code[ Manese after all, with buckle on right hip and “wrong” belt direction.

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Outremer crossbows 13th century

Despite common impression that crossbow was a crusaders weapon, it was used by both sides of conflict. Muslim technology of composite bow construction significantly improved European weapons. on this illustration from William of Tyre”Histoire de l’ Outremer” both crusaders and … Continue reading

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st. Nicolas church, Hagenau in the Elsass (1360)

Thanks to David Nicolle this image became almost iconic. Indeed it provides wealth of details: for example, buckle on the belt is visible, hook type is evident and its dimensions could be easily calculated. Crossbow is of classic “old” European … 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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Spanish crossbowmen from “La evolucion de armamento medieval”

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81v Rabbit Crossbow – Кролик с арбалетом

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88v Bows Crossbows – Стрелки из Романа об Александре

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Sleeping guard

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