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Miniature Saracen crossbow

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annis
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Miniature Saracen crossbow

Post by annis » Thu April 7th, 2011, 4:15 am

Recently I read Frank Schätzing's medieval historical mystery Death and the Devil (review here).

I was intrigued by the assassin's weapon of choice, a Middle Eastern miniature crossbow which could be used singlehanded. I'm sure I saw something similar mentioned in Robert Shea's Saracen series about a Saracen assassin, read many years ago. In Shea's books this crossbow was called the "Scorpion".

I can't find out anything more about this deadly little crossbow, and wonder if anyone here knows about medieval weapons encountered by the Crusaders?

Edited to say that I'm no further ahead but I did come across this surprising info:
"Carthaginians in the second century BCE used a hand-held crossbow called the scorpion. as it is told in Derry and Williams, A Short History of Technology that 2.000 of these weapons were handed over to the Romans after the fall of Carthage"
Last edited by annis on Fri April 8th, 2011, 6:53 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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