Storyboard describing medieval weaponry.
Weapons of Medieval Times
Medieval times involved the creation of many things, including weapons for warfare. Constant threats and need for expansion led to the development of better weapons for warfare as well as defenses against these weapons.
The main weapon for nearly all soldiers in these times was the sword, which can have a single or double edge as well as be curved or straight. The length of swords ranged from the arming sword's 30-32 inch blade to the longsword's larger 40-48 inch blade.
Knights also used weapons such as axes and spears when swords just didn't make the cut. The axes could be large for severing limbs or small so they could be hurled through the air at another knight, while spears were used more for piercing and thrusting.
That's not to say that all fighting was done in close quarters; archers were also a fundimental part of warfare during these times. Archers were trained to hit their targets at long range (obviously) and fire as fast as possible. A skilled archer could loose 10-12 arrows per minute.
Other times, sharp weapons weren't giving that edge against the armor of the knights. That was when good old blunt force trauma came in the form of maces, morningstars, warhammers and more and made that armor little more than scrap metal! (Figuratively, of course.)
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