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Now the Saracens used trebuchets and other siege engines to hurl incendiaries. However, hunger, thirst, and disease were greater threats to the defenders. MAMELUKE SWORD AND SCABBARD With its curved blade and simple cross-hilt, the Mameluke sword was derived from the sabers used by the Mamlukes of Eygpt. These warriors beat first the Mongols in 1260 and then the Crusaders in 1291, a success that led to the end of the Crusades in 1302. Strengthened tip to protect sword Quillon block Brass scabbard Ferrule ENGLISH FLAIL Flails had one or more lengths of chain or spiked balls attached to a shaft.

It had a slow rate of fire, however, as drawing back the bowstring either with a winch-like device or by placing a foot on a “stirrup” fixed to the stock and pulling the weapon upward required considerable time and effort. Crossbows Stirrup to tension bowstring LEVER CROSSBOW Based on a medieval design, this crossbow has a stirrup. While tensioning the bowstring, the user would place a foot into the stirrup to keep the crossbow steady. The stirrup also kept the bindings off the ground. ORNAMENTED CROSSBOW With its complex stirrup and decorative curved butt, this crossbow was probably made for hunting game as well as warfare.

Crescent-shaped ax-head BEHEADING Decapitation has long been used as a swift and effective (in the hands of a skilled executioner) means of despatching the death penalty. A large, crescentshaped ax and a block are the usual tools of the trade; specialty swords are also employed (without a block). INDONESIAN SWORD Thought to be a beheading sword, the blade of this late nineteenth-century weapon has a hooked and serrated tip, sharpened on the opposite side. There are four holes in the blade. Serated edge 59 Kukri The kukri, or khukuri, is a highly celebrated fighting knife.

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