The Return of the Crossbow and its Implications for Europe


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Why did Pope Innocent II forbid the use of crossbows?

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1. What is the primary difference between a crossbowman and an armored knight?

2. Before the advent of the crossbow, the only thing that could threaten an armored knight on the battle field was _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The crossbow was one of the most influential weapons in history, especially in Medieval Europe. This assessment will go over some important facts about the crossbow, such as its advantages and the history of its use in warfare.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Why Pope Innocent II banned the crossbow
  • Advantages of crossbows
  • Warfare prior to the crossbow
  • The crossbow's impact on politics
  • Why Charlemagne created the feudal system

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment questions to test your recollection of the background of the crossbow in Medieval Europe
  • Reading comprehension - check to ensure that you have accurately understood the significance of the crossbow on Medieval European warfare and politics
  • Knowledge application - utilize the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to correctly identify key details related to the crossbow

Additional Learning

For further information on this topic, go over the attached lesson called The Return of the Crossbow and Its Implications for Europe. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The crossbow in warfare
  • Crossbow's relationship to feudal society
  • What a fief is and its importance to knighthood