The Art of the Catapult

Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

Gurstelle, William

eBook - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Art of the Catapult
With some scrap wood, rope, hammer, nails, and this book, build seven historic catapults including Ludgar the War Wolf, God's Stone Thrower, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey -- simple yet sophisticated hurling machines that rely on the fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Through these exciting projects, the colorful history of siege warfare comes to life -- the stories of Alexander the Great and the battle of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle. For the legions of Tolkien fans, budding backyard warriors, and engineering wizards, this book is a must-have.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1556525265
Branch Call Number: Electronic Book
Characteristics: xvii, 172 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternate Title: Public Library Complete


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"This collection of 10 working catapult projects offers a fascinating look at world history, military strategy, and physics, related with an engaging yet lighthearted touch." School Library Journal

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Jan 28, 2013
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hmmmmm.......... great!

Aug 14, 2012
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Interesting and has some nice drawings but not terribly detailed.

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a nice and fun book for a rainy day


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