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Art of the Catapult - William Gurstelle

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Published: 1st May 2004
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
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Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey—ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Instructions and diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults, including an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult technology, the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling. The colorful history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Great and his 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.

"A fascinating look at world history, military strategy, and physics, related with an engaging yet lighthearted touch." -- School Library Journal. "This book is a hoot ... the modern version of Fun for Boys and Harper's Electricity for Boys." -- Natural History. "Fascinating." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Puts the weapons in context of their times." -- Sacramento Bee.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Time Linep. x
Introduction: The Days Before Gunpowderp. xv
Always Be Carefulp. 1
The Science of Siegep. 5
Catapults Around the Worldp. 17
Spring Engine Catapultp. 29
Viking Catapultp. 37
Shooting Snakes in a Barrel--The Catapults of Alexander the Greatp. 47
Alexander's Artillery: The Macedonian Ballistap. 60
The Slings of the Ancients
A Ballearic Hand Slingp. 70
A Thracian Staff Slingp. 73
A Black Flag Flies over Acre--Saladin, Richard, and the Third Crusadep. 77
God's Stone Thrower: A Traction-Style Catapultp. 83
Cabulus, the Great Horse Trebuchetp. 95
Cabulus, the Great Horse Trebuchetp. 104
John Crabbe--Tinkerer, Sailor, Soldier, Spyp. 115
Making Ropep. 124
Wild Donkey: An Onager Catapultp. 127
The Hammer of the Scotsp. 137
Ludgar, the War Wolfp. 145
The Sun Sets on Catapult Warfarep. 155
Basket-Pultp. 158
Glossaryp. 165
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9781556525261
ISBN-10: 1556525265
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34