In this podcast, Tony talks about William Congreve's design of the Congreve Rocket and its use in naval and land warfare during the early nineteenth century.
Sir William Congreve
Fireships firing rockets and details of storage and launch (Misc 34) Plate to The Details of the Rocket System, back and watercolour pen & ink by Colonel Congreve, 1814
In the third in the series of Freya's podcasts on weaponry, she looks at the development of the simple club, and examines mauls, maces, morning stars and flails.
A flanged mace (left) and a Morning Star (right)
This is the second in Freya's series of podcasts on weaponry, and here she talks about the development of the bow and arrow, and looks in detail at the English Longbow.
Freya has also written a review of Robert Hardy's book on the Longbow here.
This is the first in Freya's new series on weaponry, and this episode focuses on the axe, looking at its development from the first appearance of stone axes circa 2.6 million years ago to the medieval battle axe.
Replica Danish axe head, Petersen Type L or Type M, based on original from Tower of London. Forged by Bronze Lion.
In this section of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, a Saxon housecarl (left) is using a two-handed battle axe. Unfortunately, this means he cannot use his shield, which is slung across his back. Note that he is also using the axe left-handed, which means the blows would come on the undefended side of his opponent.
Informative podcasts from the W.R.A.P. Team