Tuesday’s Word

medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

In a tweet by author Virginia Kantra (http://www.virginiakantra.com/; see my review of her novel, Forgotten Sea, here https://jessigage.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/free-publicity-fridays-2/), she asked how many people knew the word trebuchet. I was honest, and replied that I didn’t, but that I could make it a Tuesday’s Word. She said, go for it. So, here it is. Now I know it, and you know it too (if you didn’t before).

Just out of curiosity, am I the only person in the world who didn’t know trebuchet? Leave a comment and let me and Virginia know!

Photo & definition from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trebuchet


About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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6 Responses to Tuesday’s Word

  1. Jennifer Lowery says:

    This one I actually did know! At one time I was going to write historicals and gobbled up all the information I could so I learned about these in my research. Very cool. Thanks for sharing! See you next week!

  2. Amy Raby says:

    I did know it, but mostly from gaming! In strategy games, it’s a common siege weapon piece. Back in the day, I played a lot of Age of Empires (or Age of Kings) where I’d amass a huge army of Horse Archers or Cavalry and launch an attack on somebody’s base to distract them, and while they were occupied with that, I’d approach from another direction with my trebuchets and knock down all their buildings 🙂 :). The downside to the trebuchets was that they were fragile, slow, and easy to destroy, so you never wanted the enemy to see them coming.

  3. Jessi Gage says:

    Awesome. I can just see you strategizing a sneak attack with an enormous rock-slininging piece of machinery!

  4. Yeah, I knew it, but only because I read medieval histories. Can’t quite get enough of bloody death by English longbow – and/or crumbling defenses by trebuchets.

    • Jessi Gage says:

      Man, I’m so alone here. Guess I need to find some friends who are LESS well-read than me…might be hard since I pretty much require at least a romance subplot to hold my interest.

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