Faculty Advisor

Lados, Diana A.

Faculty Advisor

Thomsen, Tom Hartvig


The history of medieval ages was a very important and crucial time frame for Europe and specifically England. In this period the English army had improved and developed rapidly using new arms and armors. The history of the bow and arrow during the medieval period seemed very interesting to us. The medieval ages started around 1500 years ago in North Africa and southern Europe. The bow and arrow was introduced during the medieval ages, and then enhanced by the English and Welsh, who created the longbow. We focused on the evolution of the longbow and crossbow. These arms represent an important period in history. We will make a sample crossbow as an illustration of the weapon. The material properties and the techniques of making of the crossbow are also demonstrated in this report.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering