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Definition of a Broadsword
Definition of the Broadsword - it was a sword with a broad blade and usually two lethal cutting edges. The Medieval Broadsword was used to cut rather than stab. The Medieval Broadsword was predominantly used by a Knight. The weapons, armor and horse of the Knight were extremely expensive - the fighting power of just one knight was worth 10 ordinary soldiers.

Description of a Broadsword
The weapons used the times include the Medieval Broadsword. The description of the Medieval Broadsword which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • The Medieval Broadsword - The Broadsword was the earliest of the Medieval swords from the 6th Century
  • The Medieval Broadsword had a two-edged blade measuring 2-3 inches wide at the base which tapered to a point
  • The length of the Medieval Broadsword ranged from 30 - 45 inches
  • The Medieval Medieval Broadsword weighed between 3 - 5 pounds
  • The Broadsword was used as close contact weapon
  • The weapon was primarily used for cutting or slicing an opponent and was capable of cutting off the limbs or head of an enemy in one stroke
  • Type or group of weapons - Cutting Sword

The Scottish Broadsword - Baskethilt Broadsword
There is some confusion regarding the actual meaning and definition of the Baskethilt Broadsword. The term was originally used during the 1600's - 1800's referring to broadswords like the Scottish baskethilted claymore. The basket was designed to protect the hand in combat.  The Baskethilt Scottish Broadsword measured:

  • 105 cm long (90 cm of which is blade) with a base blade width of 3.5 cm
  • The baskethilt Scottish Broadsword weighed about one kilogram
  • The baskethilt Scottish  Broadsword featured a basket which was designed to protect the hand in combat

The confusion arose over the meaning of the term baskethilt Broadsword when museum curators and other experts began to use the term to refer to the Medieval arming sword enabling them to be distinguished from the slimmer blades of the rapier, smallsword and the épée. This definition of the baskethilt Broadsword is still the one most commonly understood.

Medieval Broadsword Training
Skill in the use of Medieval swords and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The Medieval Broadsword training required by a Knight was extremely time consuming - it was necessary for them to become expert swordsmen. Skill in using Medieval weapons, including Medieval Broadsword training was necessary for every Knight. A Knight was trained first as a Page from the age of 7 to 14 and then as Squire from the age of 14 to 21. Special places were assigned for Medieval Broadsword training called the Pell. Pell training allowed knights to practise various vicious strokes and manoeuvres during their Medieval Broadsword training such as thrusting, cutting, and slicing without imposing an injury on his opponent.

The Pell

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