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Machine Gun Trivia, 9/19/2011

Gunpowder was known in medieval Europe at least as early as 1216, when it was mentioned by Roger Bacon, and Muslim forces used various cannon and firearms in combat in Iberia and against the Mongols. But what was the first use of a gunpowder weapon to be described in Europe, appearing in French and English manuscripts from the 1320s?

There were no correct responses to last week's question. Late Gothic and Eastern European chant (14th - early 15th C) is usually notated in Hufnagelschrift, so called because the musical notes are shaped so that they look like horseshoe nails.

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