Colin Middleton wrote: magical backup weapon
Fox wrote:I think it might be referring to Henry Barrett (1562)….a maule of leade with a pyke of five inches longe, well stieled, sett in a staff of fyve foote of lengthe with a hooke at his gyrdell to take of and mayntayne the fighte as oure elders have donn, with handye stroaks
For what it's worth, Roger Ascham said the following:And herein our archers of England far pass the Parthians, which for such a purpose, when they shall come to hand-strokes, hath ever ready, either at his back hanging, or else in his next fellow's hand, a leaden maul, or such-like weapon, to beat down his enemies withal.
Grymm wrote:Another eye witness describes them(archers) as getting stuck in with swords, hatchets, mauls, axes, becs de faucon and other weapons ...
Rchave wrote:Sorry to take this on a tangent, all i was trying to suggest was that a "maul" is very much open to interpretation, but that it seemed very odd that a group of archers would all carry weapons that are incapable of cutting or stabbing.
ordonnance de Bohain du 13 novembre 1472 (burgundian)
for foot archers: ...... un maillet de plomb qui hait deux dagues, à la façon de l'artillerie, qu'ils porteront pendant à un croc à leur ceinture..."
Pawel Brzosko wrote:#snip , but surely not sophisticated weapons such as pollaxes which as far as I know were knightly arms.
Will.S wrote: Who are the leading/respected sword makers in the UK?
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