08.07.2009 - 08.07.2009
Today I went to Chateau de Castlenaud. Castlenaud means new castle.
The Hundred Year war was fought between the French and the English and during this time Castlenaud changed hands seven times. At the end it was in the hands of the English.
There were Trebchets there. Trebuchets are weapons of war. They have a big arm and at one end there is a weight to move the arm and at the other end thee was a piece of leather tied to two ropes to hold the rock that it was firing. There was a total of four trebuchets in Castlenaud but only one of them belonged to the English. The other three were a part of the French assualt team to capture Castlenaud. One of the trebuchets was only a defense trebuchet, the other two were heavy attack trebuchets that could fire rocks that weighed over 60kgs over a distance of 200 metres.
I bought a toy trebuchet from a shop and it can fire a marble 4m.
At the end of the 100 year war the French pushed the English out of France.