Mangonel


Type of Weapon: Siege engine
Origin: Classical antiquity
Weight: 3 tons
Range: 110 m
Projectile weight: 5 kg
Uses: Inflicting damage to castle walls or attackers
History: Mangonels were comparatively inefficient

 

The mangonel is a class of medieval siege engine that hurls stones and other missiles by means of its single arm.

The mangonel is a class of medieval siege engine that hurls stones and other missiles by means of its single arm. Power is obtained by torsion from a large skein of twisted rope, or sinew. Relative to other medieval war machines, they are cumbersome and the size of their missiles is limited.

Mangonel weight, range, and projectile weight can vary greatly. Term is sometimes also used to describe a traction trebuchet. Figures and naming convention based on Caerphilly Castle mangonel fired by host Dan Snow in Battle Castle: Gaillard. Siege engine is a replica designed for longevity and educational purposes, so range and projectile weight are lower than medieval siege engines. Statistics provided by Peter Humphries, former interpretation manager for Cadw