An overview of medieval warfare and weaponry

Fullers differ in number and thickness on swords, with some incredibly broad fullers spanning nearly the entire width of the weapon while smaller more numerous fullers are usually thinner.

The heads were commonly of the leaf form, lozenge or, more rarely, barbed.

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If the latter is the case, it is possible that the active ingredient was calcium phosphide, made by heating lime, bones, and charcoal. While nearly every longsword is in some way different from one another, most contain a few essential parts.

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The lessons of the U. The cross has been shown to be used as a hook for tripping or knocking an opponent off balance. For infantry use, the same lance was cut down to a length of about five feet. Medieval Warfare strategy and tactics strategy and tactics, in warfare, related terms referring, respectively, to large-scale and small-scale planning to achieve military success.

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These basic designs are supplemented by additional forging techniques that incorporated slightly different variations of these cross-sections. A skilled longbowman could shoot about 12 shots per minute.

Medieval siege weapons

Even if the armor was preventing the weapon from inflicting any wounds, the barbs of the spear could become so firmly fixed between the body armor and the head defense that the foot soldier could pull the knight from his horse and lay him at his feet. Fullers differ in number and thickness on swords, with some incredibly broad fullers spanning nearly the entire width of the weapon while smaller more numerous fullers are usually thinner. The longsword was a quick, effective, and versatile weapon capable of deadly thrusts, slices, and cuts. Galleys were not suitable for the colder and more turbulent North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, although they saw occasional use. Hanson, ed. The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. In the Chinese and Japanese traditions processes and paradoxes are emphasized more than categories see Sun Tzu. The parallel development of handguns was equally important. It was individually deadly but not a war-winner. The war spear of the 13th Century offers no change from that of the preceding age. Medieval warriors often carried daggers designed not for cutting but for punching through the gaps in armor. The first example is known from a woodcut of a Venetian galley from
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Medieval Warfare