Fort Nelson Museum Assistant, Alistair Peers, talks about his favourite object from the collection.
My favourite piece is the Falcon. Coming from a period when the battlefield was a melting pot of traditional and “modern” warfare, it served alongside armoured horse, pike and shot.
Thought to be French or Flemish, its intention was anti-personnel and although an early black powder piece it had the ability to wreck and ruin.
The cost of one of these would be a soldier's wage for 37.5 years, and you could afford 150 ‘handgonnes’ for the same price.
Though comparatively primitive, during the Sack of Rome (1527) a Falcon was used to clip a lone Spanish officer in half from over 2000 metres away.
So impressive was this feat, Pope Clement VII at the time asked the gunner for an explanation of this trick-shot.
To see more of the Royal Armouries collection online look at: https://collections.royalarmouries.org/#/objects