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Slings in Medieval Manuscript Miniatures
Jul 6th, 2016 at 11:02pm
 
The following link shows images of slingers in medieval manuscripts:

http://manuscriptminiatures.com/search/?year=&year_end=&tags=sling&institution=&...

Not surprisingly, most of the pictures are of David and Goliath, but there are also images of slings being used in sieges and battles. I find the pictures of heavily armored slingers particularly interesting.
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Reply #1 - Jul 7th, 2016 at 12:20pm
 
Excellent find Smiley
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Reply #2 - Jul 7th, 2016 at 10:27pm
 
Lots of interesting details on sling construction-- some seem braided, other seem like leather pouches attached to cords. One seems to have a leather pouch with slits in the bottom.
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Reply #3 - Jul 8th, 2016 at 6:37am
 
Another from Matthew Paris. Siege of Damietta- 1240-1253
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Reply #4 - Jul 13th, 2016 at 7:14am
 
Shale wrote on Jul 6th, 2016 at 11:02pm:
The following link shows images of slingers in medieval manuscripts:

http://manuscriptminiatures.com/search/?year=&year_end=&tags=sling&institution=&...

Not surprisingly, most of the pictures are of David and Goliath, but there are also images of slings being used in sieges and battles. I find the pictures of heavily armored slingers particularly interesting.


Yeah we tend to forget about the armour side of things.

One of the disciplines The Vikings train is is using a sling with gauntlets on. So once you've run out of ammo, or the enemies charging at you, you can swith over to axe or spear or sword.

They've come up with a great technique of just wrapping the sling round your hand and tucking the end in, saves messing about and lets you grab your weapon quicker and also redeploy the sling very quickly if you get to the point where you can satrt slinging again.

As re-enactors they can't actually take part in weapons combat unless they're wearing their armour. makes sense.

And obviously from a histoprical point of view it would have been a similiar situation.
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Reply #6 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 1:43am
 
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Reply #7 - Aug 14th, 2016 at 7:00pm
 
Without references and explanations these are nearly useless
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Reply #9 - Apr 6th, 2017 at 11:07am
 
Gotta love the 1360 German medieval image where David has a fustibale/staff-sling!
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