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Biton (fl, 250 B.C.), mathematician, a writer on siege engines, 254

Blaine, D. P, author of a work on rural sports (1840), and bullet shooting crossbow 179

Blondel, Francois (1617-1686), engineer, 254

Boccaccio, G. (1313-1375). Italian novelist and poet, illustration from, 36

Bogenschutzen-Gesellschaft : See Dresden, Crossbowmen of

Bolts used with crossbows, weight and shape, 16 sqq, 126 ; the Vireton, 17 ; method of winging, 17, 18 ; length of, used with primitive crossbow, 60 ; arrangement of, on stock, 70, 127, 128 ; groove for, 108, 109 ; used with small sporting crossbow, 168 ; of Continental crossbow, 205 ; of Belgian crossbow, 218 ; used at Dresden competitions, 235, 236

Boulogne, picture of siege of (1544), alluded to, 34, 49

Bourchier, John. See Berners, Lord

Bouvier, Gilles le (1386-1457), historian, quoted, 64

Bow of a crossbow : of wood, 57; yew, horn and tendon, 62 ; dimensions of composite, 63 n.; method of making composite, 64 ; method of bending , cord and pulley, 73, 75 ; belt claw, 77, 78 ; screw and handle ,  81 sqq ; goat's foot lever, 84 sqq ; of steel, dimensions and shape, 101 ; how to procure a good one, 103 ; how fixed to stock, 105, 106 ; how string fitted, 114 sqq ; cranequin used with, 142 ; Continental, 201, 205 ; Belgian, 207, 209 ; Chinese, 242

Bow irons : dimensions and use, 103 ; how fitted, 103, 104

Bowstring of a crossbow : materials suitable for, 110 ; ingenious manner of making in some medieval crossbows, 111 ; how to make, 112, 123 ; advantage of denoting center, 112 ; how fitted to bow, 114 ; postion when fitted, 116 ; slack, 116 ; tight, 116 ; Chinese, 242

Bow string, of Bullet shooting crossbow; how made, and material used, 189 sqq ; cross trees, 190 ; fitting of, 194

Braggs, R., Crossbow maker, 179

Bridle of sinew ; for attaching bow to stock, 67

Brompton, John (fl. 1437), historian, quoted, 46

Brown Bess  : compared with longbow, 25 ; good shot with, 26 n. ; introduction of, and derivation of name, 26 n.

Bruges : Society of Crossbowmen in, 206 ; Charles II. of England and, 226

Brussels : Crossbowmen of, 206, 228, 229 ; medal of Crossbowmen of, 224 ; picture in museum at, 229

Bullet shooting crossbow (English) : weight, 177 ;  price of, 177 ; utility, 177, 199 ; writers on, 179 ; makers of, 179 ; component parts of, 179, 181  ; how to bend bow and stretch bowstring, 181 ; the bastard string, 184 sqq ; how to make bow string, 189 sqq ; how to fit a bowstring, 189 sqq. ; cross trees, 190, 191

pocket for bullet, 191, 193, 194 ; the lock, 195 sqq  ; the sights, 197, 198 ; method of aiming, 198, 199

Bullet shooting crossbow (Belgian): barrel and bullet, described, 219 ; lock and bow, 221 ; force and accuracy of, 222

Burgundy, Duke of, defeated by Swiss (1476), 38 ; and Old Crossbowmen, 224

Casaer, Julius (100-44 B.C ), Dictator, 254, 257, 259 ; quoted, 270, 271, 290

Caius Trebonius, Roman general, movable tower built by, 270

Camden,  William (155 1-1623), antiquary, 254 ; quoted, 270

Carnarvon Castle, immunity from longbows, 23

Carolstein, siege of (1422), 271

Carrobalista, uses of, 259, 260

Carthage, war engines used in conquest of, 261 ; hair of women used at siege of, 290

Catapult ; early use of, and names known by, 249, 259 ; projectiles employed with, 249, 250 and n. ; source of power, 250 ; writers on, 253 sqq ; various occasions on which used, 261 sqq ;  range of, 276 sqq, 296, 297 ; side pieces and cross pieces of, 279, 284 ; the skein of cord, 289 sqq ; the winches, 287, 288 ; working of catapult, 281 sqq ; the arm, 285, 287 ; how to make the skein, 291 ; how to fit the skein, 291 sqq ; the sliphook, 293, 294 ; the metal catch, 295, 296

Chaluz, Castle of, death of Richard I. at siege of, 3

Charles II., and crossbowmen of Bruges, 226, 228

Charles VII., and the crossbow, 228

Charles VIII.,entry into Rome (1494), 48

Charles IX. of France and hire of crossbowmen, 49 ; at meeting of crossbowmen, 228

Chester, crossbow makers of, 179

Chinese crossbow used by, at Taku, 49 n.

Chinese repeating crossbow : modern use of, 237 mechanism of, 239, 241 ; range, 241 ; arrows used with, 241

Clonard, Count de, author of a book on the Spanish army (1861), illustration from, 151

Colonna, Egidio (14th cent.), historian, Archbishop of Bourges, 254 ; cited, 309

Comnena, Anna (1083-1148), historian, quoted, 57 sqq ; comment on, 57 n. ; cited, 64

Competitions with crossbow, 53, 236

Conrad III. of Germany, prohibition of crossbow by, 3

Constantinople, popularity of archery at, 28

Continental target crossbow : costly nature of, 48 ; various parts of, 201 ; sights, 203, 205 ; stock, bow, and bolt described, 205 ; popularity and effectiveness, 205

Cope, Sir Anthony, and Bramshill, 52

Cord and pulley for bending crossbows, description and mode of use, 73, 75
 


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