RARE CRUSADER’S CROSSBOW BOLT
3 1/4" long, forged iron with distinct wrought iron patterning. Elongated diamond section point on rounded section base and tapered tang for securing in a bound socket bolt. Design specific to the conditions of the Crusades. Relatively light as specific to fighting Saracens who were lightly protected as opposed to European adversaries who were protected by mail and leather armor. Fifth Crusade (1213-1221) Period. See Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era, Nicolle, fig. 247A & 247B dated C.1220. The crossbow was particularly effective in attacking fortifications and siege situations which were common in the Crusades.
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