Medieval Swords and Armor
Medieval Swords and
The weapons used the times included different types of Swords. Medieval Swords
and armor was predominantly used and worn by a Knight. The
weapons, armor and horse of the Knight were
extremely expensive which prohibited most people from owning swords or
armor. Use of swords and armor made the fighting power of just one knight was worth 10
ordinary soldiers or men-at-arms. The swords were the primary weapon of the
Knights. Medieval Swords and armor of the times changed
with new ideas and new technology.
At the beginning of the era a double edged slashing sword was
used but as time went by it evolved into a stronger, diamond-shaped
sword that could thrust between the rings of chain mail more easily.
There were many different types and styles of Medieval swords and armor which
formed part of the history of the weapons used in the times. The names of the different
types of Medieval swords included the Broadsword, Falchion swords,
Bastard Swords, Long swords,
Batons, Scimitar and the Great Swords.
Armor and Shields
Medieval armor and shields changed with new
ideas, technology and different
weapons. Facts, history and interesting
information about Medieval Shields and Armor used in times are
described in the articles below - just click a link for
interesting history, facts and information.
Armor and Shields - Suits of Armor
Medieval armor included the famous
Suit of Armor worn by the warlike knights of the Middle Ages. The Suit
of Armor provided essential body protection from the various weapons
which were used in battle. The Parts of a Suit of Armor were a complex
series of garments, chain mail and iron plate. Read about the parts of a
suit of armor including the leg armor, feet armor, arms, head armor,
neck armor and body armor.
Medieval Armor -
Chain Mail and Chain Mail clothing
Medieval Chain Mail was a flexible
armor which was made from interlinked metal rings. Making Medieval Chain
Mail armor involved the linking of iron or steel rings, the ends
of which were either pressed together, welded or riveted. Each piece of
Chain Mail Clothing was fashioned specifically for whichever part of the
body it was intended to protect. Shirts made of Chain Mail Clothing
weighed up to 25 kilograms, depending on the size and the number of
Chain Mail Clothing garments worn.
Medieval Swords Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons including swords and armor and understanding the strategy of
Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in the
life of the times. The training required by a Knight to use Swords and
armor efficiently was extremely time
consuming - it was necessary for knights to become expert swordsmen. Special places were
assigned for the Swords and armor training called the Pell. Pell training allowed
knights to practise various vicious strokes and manoeuvres with
their swords such as
thrusting, cutting, and slicing without imposing an injury on his
Decoration of Medieval Swords
A sword also held great
symbolic importance and featured strongly in the formal
Knighthood. This symbolic meaning was even illustrated in the sword's design as the
cross guard (quillion), formed across the handle of
the sword, resembled a Christian cross. Giving a Knight the 'Right' to
use the sword in defence of the Christian religion. Swords also
featured some form of engraving. The engravings on Medieval Swords might
include the sword owner's name and words from a prayer. Engravings might
also be purely decorative and embellished with the inclusion of precious jewels.
Medieval Swords and Armor
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