Friday, March 26, 2010

Picture Day Friday

Cardiff Castle (Castell Caerdydd) in Wales is now the proud owner of a 13th century military machine, a colossal catapult known as a trebuchet. It's a historically accurate replica from the upcoming movie Ironclad by Jonathan English with Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, and Jason Flemyng. The machine's first public firing on the castle grounds will take place on Saturday, March 27.

Inner workings of a trebuchet: "Using a sophisticated counter balance system, large rocks and stones could be placed in a catapult sling and hurled with such a force they could breach the strongest of fortifications and were capable of firing missiles in excess of 330 pounds."


Trebuchet at Cardiff Castle in Wales copyright by

Cardiff Castle...

Cardiff Castle in Wales copyright by