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Technologically sophisticated and powerful, the crossbow has long enjoyed a popular reputation for villainous superiority because it could be used with little training as a weapon of assassination. The study of bow designs, trigger mechanisms and spanning devices reveals a tale of considerable mechanical ingenuity; advances that produced a battlefield weapon requiring comparatively little training to use. It was an extremely useful weapon, and especially effective in siege warfare for both attack and defence. Known to the Ancient Greeks and the Chinese as early as the 5th century BC, the crossbow developed both in Western Europe and in the Far East. Advances in trigger mechanisms, spanning and bow design allowed the development of ever more powerful bows. In this study acknowledged weaponry expert Mike Loades traces the origins, development, combat record and lasting legacy of the crossbow, the formidable projectile weapon that played a key role in a host of battles and sieges across Europe and Asia.
One of the most devastating weapons of the Middle Ages, the crossbow probably originated in the Western Roman Empire early in the fourth century, its design perhaps suggested by the balista, an ancient form of catapult. The medieval crossbow fired a twelve-inch bolt (quarrel) capable of piercing all but the strongest armor and is widely credited with helping Richard the Lionhearted defeat the Saracens at the battle of Arfus during the Third Crusade. and nbsp; and nbsp; and nbsp;Despite the fact that crossbows were carried by thousands of soldiers in medieval warfare, this book is the only work ever devoted exclusively to this widely used weapon. In addition to detailing the history of the crossbow and its military and sporting uses, the author also deals with an arsenal of related weapons, from the siege engines, balistas and catapults of the ancients to such arms as the Turkish bow and the Chinese repeating crossbow. and nbsp; and nbsp; and nbsp;Enhanced with over 200 illustrations, ranging from contemporary battle pictures to scale constructional plans, and replete with scholarly detail and intriguing anecdotes, this classic study will interest historians, medievalists, sportsmen and any student of arms and armor.
Fascinating study traces history and use of crossbow as military and sporting weapon, from Middle Ages to modern times. Also covers related weapons: balistas, catapults, Turkish bows, more. Over 240 illustrations.
A major search and recovery operation began when a young woman's remains were recovered in the River Aire in May 2010. Police had been investigating the disappearance of Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth who had gone missing in 2009; but the remains belonged to Suzanne Blamires and were to unravel a gruesome and horrifying chain of events. 40-year-old PhD student Stephen Griffiths was arrested by West Yorkshire Police after CCTV footage of him attacking Ms Blamires at his block of flats was discovered by a caretaker at the complex. She was shot with a crossbow. Once arrested Griffiths told Police: "I've killed a lot more than Suzanne Blamires -- I've killed loads." Adding gruesomely that he had "eaten some of her". Griffiths possessed disturbing video recordings and images in his flat and police found blood from both Ms Armitage and Ms Rushworth linking them to Griffiths. Having admitted to murdering Suzanne Blamires, 36, Shelley Armitage, 31, and 43-year-old Susan Rushworth, who worked as prostitutes in the Bradford area, Griffiths, who called himself the Crossbow Cannibal was jailed for life for their "wicked and monstrous" murders. This is the full story of the man known as the 'Crossbow Cannibal', whose chillingly evil actions brought terror to the streets of Bradford.
Sherlock Holmes was the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle, a British medical doctor, in a novel written in 1887. It became the prototype for a host of private detectives to appear on the literary scene in years to come. The novel where Holmes made his appearance was A Study in Scarlet, and over a period of forty years, Doyle wrote sixty stories about the consulting, private detective. Because of burgeoning popularity, selected adventures of Sherlock Holmes were presented on stage, in motion pictures, and in the 1930s heyday of radio. As counterparts to Holmes, are his loyal helpmate and chronicler, Doctor John H. Watsona well-intentioned and sometime, hapless bungler; Police Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, and Holmes nemesis, the diabolical, brilliant master criminal, Professor Moriarty
This vintage book contains a treatise on a variety of ancient projective weapons, with a special focus on ancient and mediaeval Catapults and Balistas. With fascinating historical information and complete descriptions of the various weapons discussed, this volume will appeal to those with an interest in historical ballistic weaponry and would make for a worthy addition to collections of related literature. Contents include: "The history of the Crossbow, with notes Comparative on the Longbow and Handgun," "The Construction and Management of Crossbows: Mediaeval," "The Construction and Management of Crossbows--(continued): Modern," "A Treatise on the Siege Engines used in Ancient and Mediaeval Times for Discharging Great Stones and Arrows," et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

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