For launching rocks and fireballs to defend a city or fortress.
Mechanics: hand crank; worm and worm gear; spur gear and recessed face gear; projectile throwing engine.
For filling ditches and moats with barrels, bales, sacks, and debris, and for defending a city or fortress.
Mechanics: winch; trigger.
- Part of Vier Bücher der Ritterschafft
- 1529 (M.D.XXIX)
The mangonel was a type of catapult used generally for hurling stones at a besieged castle's walls. As Vegetius writes, "But the mangonel shoots stones, and throws various weights in proportion to the thickness of the…