As you know, one of Dr. M's students made a trebuchet for him. This inspired him to launch (heh) a new tradition at his school - Medieval Mondays! Here's their flier (this & all the picture captions were written by Dr. M):
First Annual Medieval Monday
March 31, 1-3pm
Swedenborg Memorial Library
Come one, come all
To the Library mall
For a Medieval time
(We can all speak in rhyme)
No jousting, alack
Nor mead in a sack
Just casual play
With a real trebuchet!
Siege towers and knights
Will enter our sights
Projectiles we’ll fling
Bawdy songs we will sing
We’ll have a great time
It won’t cost a dime
So come on and come all
To the Library mall!
Sponsored by the Order of the Lance History Club and the dedicated students of Medieval European History
We tried it out today, with limited success.
This day we stood atop the ramparts of Acre and watched as the Kings rallied their knights and brought forth terrible siege towers... King Richard's tower was to our left, with the valiant king out front, scouting for a smooth path over the rough plain.
As we commenced fire, we wondered what manner of beast that might be atop King Phillip's tower!
Alas, it was as if it possessed some power to ward off shots that appeared to be destined to unseat it!
How can this shot have missed? How, but for some great magic spewed forth by yon beast!
By this time, we had exhausted all but a few pink stones (pink tennis balls), imbued though they were with the magic of "Hope"
It was then that our fortunes turned! The pink stone smote the very top of Richard's tower, breaking it's canopy asunder and toppling the cursed war machine itself!
As a haze settled over the field, Richard and Phillip withdrew, along with their remaining tower and its fell beast. The sun sets, and our banner yet flies over Acre!
And now just for fun - a video where we laugh maniacally.