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Definition of Mace
The Mace was a weapon commonly used during the Medieval times. A mace is a weapon with a heavy head, sometimes with flanged or knobbed additions, on the end of a handle.

Description of Medieval Maces
The weapons used the Medieval times include the Medieval Maces.

The description of the Medieval Maces which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • Mace - This Medieval weapon was an armor-fighting weapon
  • Used as a close contact weapon and also used from horseback
  • The shaft was made of either wood or metal
  • The lethal head was made of stone, iron, bronze or steel - with flanged or knobbed additions
  • The mace weapon could be mounted on either a long shaft, measuring up to 5ft or a short shaft measuring 1ft
  • Medieval Maces were cheap and simple to make
  • A blow could apply tremendous force
  • The mace, struck with force, could apply significant injury to a knight and batter his armor
  • The weapon was primarily used for bludgeoning an opponent and was particularly effective against opponents wearing plate armor and reducing the effectiveness of the shield
  • Type or group of weapons - The Mace was a Bludgeoning Weapon

The Medieval times were an extremely violent era in history featuring battles in both Europe and the Holy Land when the crusades, and the crusaders who fought them, were numerous. Feudal Lords and Knights and their men at arms used such weapons as the Medieval Maces in different types of warfare. The quest for power led to invasions of lands and territories which had to be fought for. Siege warfare, waged to win a castle or a walled town or city, was a frequent occurrence during the Medieval times. Warfare during the Medieval era called for a variety of weapon expertise. Knights and men-at-arms (who consisted of foot soldiers or archers) used different types of weapons. The Medieval Maces was predominantly used by a Foot Soldiers. The weapons used were dictated according to status and position. The weapons, armor and horse of the Knight were extremely expensive - the fighting power of just one knight was worth 10 ordinary soldiers.

Medieval Maces 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 training required by a Foot Soldiers
to use the Medieval Maces :

  • Mace Training method - The training method practised in the use of the mace was based on strength and accuracy in hitting the target
  • A "hit" was scored in Medieval weapons training by making light contact with a defined target area
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