Middle Ages: Weapons Essay

2254 WordsMay 25, 200610 Pages
Weapons and Arms in the Middle Ages In my observations of the Medieval time period I found the weapons to be brutal, and atrocious. From war hammers to napalm to the arquebus, this was by far the most in-humane advancement in weapons apart from modern day. The Medieval time went from about the 11th century to the 14th. During this time survival depended on the power of the certain ruler people served under. The power of the ruler depended directly upon his army and the army upon their weapons. This is why we see such rapid advancement of the weapons in Medieval times. In this time "might" was right. "A knight or any other warrior is only as effective as his skills and the quality of his weapons" (Medieval Weapon Links). This…show more content…
This weapon was highly effective at dealing heavy blows to horsed soldiers. It could even be used to break the horse's knees and send the rider tumbling to the ground. It was fairly easy to make depending on the quality. If it was just a wooden handle, the hammer would simply have to be fastened to the shaft of the weapon. These were easier to make but had a higher chance of failure. The all metal war hammer was more effective and had less chance of breaking on the battle field, on the other hand they took much longer to make. Much like the mace, a mold had to be made to accommodate the original design. (List of Medieval Weapons) The sword has been thought of throughout history as a symbol of power and courage. It was prominent throughout the Bronze and Copper ages. Although, when the blacksmiths began to forge iron for weapons, the sword was second to none. The sword was used for over 5000 years, but it began to lose its military usage in the 18th century due to advances in gunpowder. However it, dominated the battlefield for so long because it was an all around good weapon. Being light, and quick wasn't its only advantage, it could also be used against cavalry to knock the riders to the ground. There were several different types of swords which had their own unique uses. The ones in Europe were: the "rapier". It was a longer sword used for one-on-one duels, the "short sword" was a
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