Weapons of the middle ages varied greatly depending on the area and era. Historical accounts show that weapons from these periods could be something as simple as modified farm implements to items as complex as siege engines meant to take on a castle’s walls. Various types of bows were developed and were among the types of ranged weapons used. Perhaps most well known were the types of swords used during this time. Hammers, daggers, spears and axes are just a few of the types of medieval weaponry available. Staves, lances, pikes and swords eventually gave way to guns and cannon in the late middle ages. As technology developed, projectile weapons, explosive powders and incendiary devices complemented the simpler weapons of the times.