~ Medieval Weapons ~
- Swords -
Of all the weapons used during the Medieval period, the sword is the
most iconic and prestigious. However, it was by no means the most often
used of the hand weapons used in battle. This was mainly due to the
expense of attaining and maintaining a sword. Therefore, medieval swords
were mainly used by the medieval knights. The infantry would primarily
make use of polearms, this weapon being held by some to have been of
far more use than a sword in expert hands, but if the polearm formation
broke down or a polearm itself was broken, it was the sword which was
relied on for close quarters combat.
Sword-fighting in the Middle Ages did not encourage parrying or blocking
as one may have thought. The approach was far more offensive than this.
According to the fighting manual of Lichtenauer, a master of swordsmanship
in the late 14th Century from whom the German school of swordsmanship
was derived, a swordsman ought to mirror his enemy, cutting when he
cuts, thrusting when he thrusts, for example.