Illustration from Fireworks Book

Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of Art and Armour at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

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Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk, a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin while smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.

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