~ Medieval Weapons ~
- Maces -
The Flail and The Morning Star.
Although both the flail and the morning star were often mistakenly classed
as maces, they are nevertheless both derived from the weapon. The morning
star had a single spiked ball on a chain which would have been attached
to a wooden pole as a handle, whereas the flail, used mostly in the
High Middle Ages, consisted of three spiked metal balls on chains attached
to the handle.
Both of these weapons were highly dangerous to an opponent. The wielder
of such weapons would swing the flail or morning star, building up momentum,
and would then hit the enemy with tremendous force so inflicting great
These were also weapons which were extremely hard to defend against,
since the spiked ball and chain could be swung around the edge of a
shield, yet could also be used very effectively in defense in themselves.
Maces - continued