Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Rocket Cats!


Image from manuscript LJS 442 
 This 16th century German military manuscript held in Penn Libraries is filled with some strange and gruesome ideas for warfare. The book, written by Franz Helm of Cologne, describes how cats and birds could be used to attack enemy cities. For some reason it never quite caught on...

 The whole manuscript has been digitised and is available here:
http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren/pageturn.html?q=helm,%20franz&id=MEDREN_4920664&rotation=0&currentpage=122

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