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Great Sword

Medieval life and Times

Definition of the Great Sword
Definition of the Great Sword - it was a massive sword with a broad blade and usually two lethal cutting edges. The Medieval Great Sword was used to cut rather than stab. The Medieval Great Sword was predominantly used by a Medieval 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 Medieval Great Sword
The weapons used the Medieval times include the Medieval Great Sword. The description of the massive Great Sword which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • The Medieval Great Sword - The Medieval Great Sword was a massive, two handed Medieval sword
  • The Medieval Great Sword had a two-edged blade measuring 2-3 inches wide at the base which tapered to a point
  • The length of the Great Sword ranged from 50 - 72 inches
  • The Great Sword handle that measured 18 - 21 inches in additional length
  • The extended handle of the Great Sword allowed the blade to be held in two hands
  • The Medieval Great Sword weighed between 6 - 10 pounds
  • It was used as close contact weapon and capable of striking a massive blow
  • 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 Weapon

Medieval Great Sword Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The Great Sword training required by a Medieval Knight was extremely time consuming - it was necessary for them to become expert swordsmen. Skill in using Medieval weapons, including Great Sword training was necessary for every Medieval 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 Great Sword training called the Pell. Pell training allowed knights to practise various vicious strokes and manoeuvres during their Great Sword training such as thrusting, cutting, and slicing without imposing an injury on his opponent.

The Pell

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