Partially inspired by the other dinosaur thread on General Questions at the moment, I’ve been wondering… In the middle ages, people told tales of brave warriors who defeated dragons and what not. A big, carnivorous, hungry T. rex is probably as close to a dragon as we’ve ever come on this planet. But, could a man with medieval technology really take out a full-grown tyrannosaur?
For this scenario, let’s say I’m a minor feudal lord in Western Europe in the 13th century. The peasants at my village have started complaining about a dragon that’s been eating their cattle. I decide to send someone to take them out. Can I get just one man (and possibly his mount) to do it? Do I need two? Five? Ten? Am I going to have to build a catapult?