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Long Sword

Medieval life and Times

Definition of the Long Sword
Meaning of Medieval Long Sword -
The Medieval Long Sword was also known as the Bastardsword and in later times as a Hand and a Half swords. The Medieval Long Sword was given the name due to the long handle which allowed for two-handed use and a longer blade. The Medieval Long Sword became popular due to is extreme reach and cutting and thrusting abilities.

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

  • The Medieval Long Sword had a two-edged blade and a handle which was long enough for two hands
  • The length of the Long Sword ranged from 40 - 48 inches
  • The Medieval Long Sword handle that measured 10 - 15 inches in additional length
  • The extended handle of the Long Sword allowed the blade to be held in two hands
  • The Medieval Long Sword weighed between 5 - 8 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 Long 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 Medieval Long Sword 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 Long 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 Medieval Long Sword training called the Pell. Pell training allowed knights to practise various vicious strokes and manoeuvres during their Medieval Long Sword training such as thrusting, cutting, and slicing without imposing an injury on his opponent.

The Pell

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