Castles by Gary Jeffrey,Nick Spender

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28 on april 23, 1217, he did return with a fleet carrying a frightening new weapon unknown in england — a giant siege engine called a trebuchet. as the french approached, forces loyal to england’s new king, henry III, attacked the invaders’ camp on dover cliffs. weeeheeehee thak! louis and his fleet were forced to land further down at sandwich. 29 however, on may 12, the trebuchet was erected on the hill opposite dover castle. let loose! the massive counterweight tied to one end of the arm dropped, whipping the long arm around with gathering speed.

The end 35 Edward I Conquers Wales n fall 1294, the blackened, severed head of sheriff and tax collector roger de puleston hung from the doorway of his mansion in the english settlement of Caernarfon in wales. I a local noble, madog ap llywelyn, had led an uprising against the town, overrunning its castle and sacking its buildings. madog was the latest new “prince of wales,” or so he called himself, to try to overthrow english rule. 36 in january, 1295, english king edward I and an advance party of knights viewed the ruins of Caernarfon castle from a distance.

Hurrah! it looked as if the castle might hold. 32 while louis vainly attempted to breach dover castle, disaster struck at lincoln. english soldiers launched a surprise attack on the french, besieging its castle and completely defeating them. LINCOLN EAST ANGLIA louis’s last hope was the reinforcements that were coming from france. meanwhile, his enemy from dover, hubert de burgh, was leading an english fleet out toward them. signal to engage the enemy! 33 the french flagship (carrying a trebuchet) was surrounded by english ships and pelted with bags of quicklime, blinding its crew..

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