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Weapons of the Middle Age

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The year is 1232.   Somewhere in northern Europe, a Saxon castle is

under attack.   In the fields for miles around, thousands of soldiers viciously fight.

Metal strikes metal, arrows strike flesh, rock strikes rock.   No matter how good

these soldiers are, the battle will ultimately be decided by weapons.

These weapons can be divided into three categories.   Melee, or hand-to-

hand weapons, include clubs, swords, daggers, saxes, hand axes, and some

spears.   Small-scale missile weapons include other spears, bows and arrows,

throwing axes, and crossbows.   Siege, or large-scale weapons, include

catapaults and battering rams.

Melee weapons were, perhaps, the most important ones in any medieval

battle.   The earliest melee weapons were clubs.   Existing from neanderthal

times, these simple thick sticks were quickly replaced by blade weapons.

However, some tribes continued to use clubs as throwing weapons.   Others

gave clubs to their leaders as batons of command.   Still other tribes placed

spikes on the ends of the clubs, turning them into maces.   Soon enough, maces

evolved into morning stars.   These were much like maces, except there was a

chain between the handle and the spiked head.   These turned out to be

cumbersome, and for the most part, ineffective, so they were retired to

tournaments and torture chambers.

Swords quickly became the most important weapon of medieval times.

This weapon was incredibly valuable to the medieval warrior.   Since they were

so difficult to make, they were very expensive, and they were passed down from

generation to generation.   Once a warrior had a good sword, he protected it with

his life.   Swords can be divided into three main parts.   They are, in order of

importance, the blade, the hilt, and the scabbard.

The blade of the sword was usually small and heavy.   The...


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