[Northkeep] Me see you have boom-boom stick...Bye-Bye

Hugh & Belinda Niewoehner BurgBorrendohl at earthlink.net
Sat May 12 07:28:09 PDT 2001

On 14th C. guns check:


Look for the picture of the gun...

Below is some of the info from the placque.

The "Bodium Bombard"
The original was pulled from the moat and is preserved at the Royal
Artillery Museum. This iron weapon dates to the 14th. century and threw
100 lb stone shot "a few tens of meters". Basically enough to cross the
moat. While not impressive in even 15th. century terms, the fire & smoke
would probably have impressed most of the contemporary populous. The
crew would have required the protection of a pavise as seen in numerous
tapestrys and paintings of the period. The gun's weight is about 6 CWT.
Per the plaque, weapons similar to this were used by the English at
Crecy in 1346.


LucanSilverwolf at aol.com wrote:
> Baulsac,
>     In the 1400 it really isn't some much the weapons that changed as it was
> the armor ( at least to my own understanding).  However gunpowder ws
> introduced but more for bombards, mortars, cannons and REALLY big cannons
> like the Mon Megs at Edinburogh which is rereputed to have been made in 1455
> for the seige at Thrierve Castle by James II.
>     the earlyist recorded mention of any type of hand gun is durring the
> reign of Edward III when they were brought into England from Flanders. in
> 1470.  Of course this is only in Western Europe,  I beleive the Chinese had
> gotten to it long before then  I just don't know  Chinese History.
>     Does any of that help?
>         Lucan

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