Medieval Siege Weapons (2): Byzantium, the Islamic World & by David Nicolle

By David Nicolle

Whilst it got here to non-gunpowder laptop improvement, the medieval interval was once some of the most artistic in army historical past. in this period, the pre-existing military-technological traditions from the traditional worlds have been introduced jointly. 3 civilisations have been essentially accountable for this evolution: the Late-Roman or Byzantine Empire, the Islamic international, and latterly the Mongol ‘World Empire'. This ebook examines the ensuing stone-throwing machines from torsion ‘energy storage' structures, to manpowered and counterbalance sling units, rockets and others.

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Bahram Chobin had survived the battle of Blarathon, fleeing to the Turks of Ferghana, who he had campaigned against for Hormizd IV. However, in a similar way to how Phocas had to deal with Mauricius even after he had been driven from power, Khusro found it necessary to deal with the renegade spahbed. The re-enthroned King of Kings achieved this either by an assassin’s blade or by exerting pressure to have the Turks deal with his rival. Khusro also faced some kind of revolt from his uncle Wistahm, who in the last years of the sixth century was minting coins in his own name in Media.

This new emperor, eager to placate the army and remove a lingering if powerless threat, had Mauricius dragged from the sanctuary, forced him to watch the execution of his sons and then had him executed. Not only was this the first successful coup d’e´tat to occur in Constantinople, it was the catalyst for a series of wars that were to consume the Eastern Mediterranean for the next generation as Khusro II would use the murder of his benefactor as the reason for renewing hostilities between Rome and Persia.

The complementing of heavy and light cavalry with bows had long been a critical component of Iranian battlefield tactics. The firepower afforded by the reflex composite bow allowed the mounted archers to cause the enemy a constant drip of casualties or coerced them to break their defensive formation in a vain attempt to engage, providing the heavy cavalry with an opening for a decisive charge. 53 While mounted forces were the main offensive arm of the Sassanid army, the vast majority of it was made up of infantry.

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