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You’ve Been Mango’d

Number of views as of 17th August 2014 = 1140.

This is a Mangonel, a type of catapult or siege machine used in medieval times to launch heavy projectiles at castle or city walls from a bowl-shaped bucket at the end of the arm. Its unpredictable, yet powerful strikes were best suited to hitting broad, non-moving targets such as buildings or walls.

Mangonels hurled rocks, burning objects, fire pots (vessels filled with flammable materials that created a fireball on impact), or anything else readily available to the attacking and defending forces, even partially decomposed carcasses of animals or people, the latter intended to intimidate, demoralize, and spread disease among the besieged.

Location: Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Date: 26th August 2008.

This shot was featured by the Military Vehicle group, 10th May 2009.

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The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

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  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 6 years ago

    So cool,

  • Thankyou Larry!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    Great find …

  • Cheers Tom!

    – RedHillDigital

  • David Smith
    David Smithalmost 6 years ago

    A very good history Howard very interesting it would be nice if some one produced a modern version of this and took it around some of the local fairs giving demonstrations

  • Thanks Dave. You’re right, it would be great. Not sure what the Health & Safety inspectors would have to say though, especially if they used decomposing carcasses!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Howard, the biggest I have seen was a Trebuchet at warwick castle, that was very impressive in action

  • Caerlaverock has a Trebuchet too Jason. Didn’t see it in action though. Didn’t realise they had one at Warwick – didn’t see it when I went there! Thanks for commenting.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Howard, I will post it mate, when I get chance and i’ll let you know mate…
    I think it’s the biggest one in the world in action or something like that…

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalalmost 6 years ago

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Excellent find. our oldest MV in the Group so far. Nice capture too. – Ted

  • Thanks Edward for introducing me to the MV group!

    – RedHillDigital

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