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Attacking A Castle

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  • 1. Aim – How would you attack a stone castle?
    • Steps to success
    • I understand the meaning of a siege.
    • I can use the information to write a chapter in my project.
    • I can identify and understand how siege equipment worked.
    Attacking a castle
  • 2. The Siege tower
    • Also called a Belfry.
    • Made of wood and covered with wet leather to avoid burning.
    • Pushed up to the wall and soldiers could safely climb onto the battlements.
    • Archers can also stand on top.
  • 3. The Battering Ram
    • Used to smash the wooden gates and portcullis of a castle.
    • Made of wood to shelter the pushers from arrows etc…
    • Could be covered with metal or leather to help prevent fire.
  • 4. Catapult
    • Also called a Mangonel.
    • To fling rocks and other things at the castle.
    • Good distance so can be set up out of arrow range!
  • 5. Trebuchet
    • A very powerful catapult – can fling over massive distances.
    • Sometimes wound up by man-powered treadmills.
    • Could easily demolish a castle over time.
    Trebuchet in action!!!!
  • 6. Other techniques
    • Use the textbook to learn about these other techniques of siege warfare:
    • Mining under the castle.
    • Climbing up the toilet!
    • Greek fire.
    • Starving out the defenders.
    • Poisoning the water supply.
    • Hurling diseased people and animals into the cast