Siege artillery: the mobile towers

3d model and reconstruction

Siege artillery: the mobile towers

The model of the mobile tower was reconstructed based on drawings form the Enyclopédie médiévale by Viollet-le-Duc, a French 18th century architect, best known for the restoration ofthe Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

Thanks to virtual reality it is also possible to see how the machine worked; it was an instrument used during sieges to get the walls closer.

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Siege artillery: the mobile towers

With the barbarian invasions and the fall of Roman Empire, it lost an important heritage of technical skills, essential to military operations in particular for sieges and defenses. It will be the Byzantine and Arab engineering that reintroduce a set of tactics and machines derived from the great tradition of Hellenistic-Roman technology. The movable towers of siege, or “battifredi“, made it possible to approach the wall and reach its summit thanks to a footbridge on the top. Soldiers in the tower could advance through this walkway and engage the defenders in grappling. Often this type of tower was huge, difficult to move because of weight and had to be protected by wet skins to avoid fire. The throwing bombs were classified based on the operating system: by tension, by twist or by counterweight. They could throw darts and big boulders.