Longsword History

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The arming sword is a single handed cross shaped sword with common use between 1000 and 1350. Arming swords are generally considered to be a successor of swords used by Vikings. Typically used with a shield or buckler, the arming sword was the standard issue in the military. Knight’s commonly used them until technological changes led to the longswords popularity. The arming sword was overall a light, versatile weapon. It was capable of both cutting and thrusting in combat; and usually has excellent balance. Most arming swords made by blacksmiths during medieval times seem to vary between 30 and 32 inch in length. Arming swords began to change drastically in design forms in the late 12th century, they became either flatter and sharper, or…show more content…
Longswords have long cruciform hilts with grips over 10 to 15in length providing room for two hands. Straight double-edged blades are often over 1 m to 1.2 m length, and weigh typically between 1.2 and 2.4 kg. The longsword is commonly held in combat with both hands, though some may be used single-handed. The longsword, with its longer grip and blade, appears to have become popular during the 14th century. The longsword was a powerful and versatile weapon. For close combat, however, the longsword was prized for its versatility and killing…show more content…
It was a well crafted military Morning Star used by professional soldiers, made in series by expert smiths for stocking in town arsenals. Flails The military flail or simply flail is a weapon commonly attributed to the Middle-Ages but why only a limited amount of historical evidence currently exists for most of this era.Typically, the weapon is depicted as one or more weights attached to a handle with a hinge or chain. Modern authors have used multiple conflicting names for this weapon: the "mace and chain" is the equivalent of the German "morningstar and chain" referred to above, but the latter term is rarely used in English. War Hammers A war hammer is a late medieval weapon of war intended for close combat action, the design of which resembles the hammer.The war hammer consists of a handle and a head. The handle may be of different lengths, the longest being roughly equivalent to the halberd, and the shortest about the same as a mace. Long war hammers were pole weapons (polearms) meant for use against riders, whereas short ones were used in closer quarters and from horseback. Later war hammers often had a spike on one side of the head, thus making it a more versatile
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