The Trabuco: The Bad Neighbor Of Minerve

Long ago in the medieval lands of Europe there was a town known as Minerve. This place was a refuge to the Cathars who were fleeing persecution from the Catholic Church in the 13th century. The Cathars believed that the Catholic Church needed to be reformed. The Church no longer tolerated the Cathars and their heretical beliefs. So, they sent Count Simon de Montfort to wipe them out.

The Count was sent to destroy the stronghold of Catharism known as Beziers. This town was wiped out by Count Simon. The remaining Cathar supporters fled to the town of Minerve. Once they were there they fortified the surrounding community. The thing about Minerve was that it was also a stronghold that was hewn into the side of a mountain. It was more than just a city but a natural fortress as well.

When Count Simon arrived at Minerve he knew that he had to destroy every person in the fortress. He knew that he could not scale or bring down the fortress with conventional means. So, he used a powerful trabuco known as the trebuchet to batter the walls of this stronghold. He had one trabuco at his disposal known as The Bad Neighbor.


The Bad Neighbor was a powerful sling that could hurl two-ton rocks at targets over long distances. Count Simon had relied primarily on this powerful war machine to weaken the foundations of the enemy’s stronghold according to The two-ton rocks continuously crashed onto the side of the fortress. The Bad Neighbor was just one of the many different types of large scale trebuchets being used at the time. However, most people from that battle truly remember the devastating effects of the Bad Neighbor the most.

Over 200 soldiers, peasants, villagers, knights, priests and craftsman were massacred for being heretics or for being associated with heretics. After Minerve fell to Count Simon, this military commander was wiped out of existence by a stone from a trabuco in another battle. The memory of the Bad Neighbor still lives on.


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