"... this book reveals the true history of what may be the most revolutionary weapon in history. The author uses the latest scientific and historical research to expose the accuracy and the penetrative power of the medieval handgonne. He includes firsthand accounts of battle experiences and a discussion on the impact the handgonnes had upon tactics and the use of armor during the medieval and later periods." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)
"One often wonders about the origin of hand held gunpowder weapons and thanks to this book, author Sean McLachlan carries us back to the early 14th century to tell us the story of those early projectile weapons ... another superb title in Osprey's new Weapons series." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness
"This book charts the rise of the 14th century new weapon that used black powder to shoot projectiles ... Military weapons collections will welcome this survey!" -The Midwest Book Review
"The best historical account on the development of gunpowder that I've yet encountered." --Dick Salzer, Arms Heritage Magazine
About the Author
Sean McLachlan is a full-time writer who has previously written American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics
for Osprey Publishing as well as a number of magazine articles and books for other publishers on a range of historical subjects. His interest in medieval handgonnes was first fueled by a visit to the Medieval Centre in Denmark where groundbreaking research is currently being undertaken on the subject of medieval technologies.