Medieval Sieges

Because of all the war engines, the mining operations and not least because of the long duration were mercenaries most important for sieges on the defending side as well in service of the attackers.

Medieval Illuminations

Siege of Duras
The French lay siege to Duras in 1377 in the course of the Hundred Years War.



Siege in the Hundred Years War
Siege in the course of the Hundred Years War.



Siege of Mortagne
Siege of Mortagne near Bordeaux in 1377. The Welsh mercenary captain Owain Lawgoch (French: "Yvain de Galles") is killed by an arrow. In fat he was stabbed by an English agent.



Siege in the Hundred Years War
Another 14th century siege.



Siege Engines

War machine medieval illumination
Trebuchet from a Flemish illumination.



medieval trebuchet
Trebuchet by the French architect Viollet-le-Duc.



trebuchet or mangonel
Another Trebuchet by Viollet-leDuc, here called Magonel.



siege of Jerusalem
Siege engines during the first crusade.



death of Simon de Montfort
The death of Simon de Montfort at the siege of Toulouse in 1218.



Defence of Orleans
Defence of Orléans in 1428.



Siege of Schwanau 1333
Siege of the castle of Schwanau in Alsace in 1333.














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