Swordplay and Knife-play are critical for winning battles. Without technique, you could seriously injure yourself and allies. How to work weapons were introduced in the 5th century when more swords and knives become more developed to kill other people (Medieval). Every move a knight makes is meant to deliver a killing blow. Even if it doesn’t kill their opponent in a swift strike, they will feel the bruises the next day or fatigue faster (Medieval). Knights also added parrying, dodging, and deflecting blows so they can add another blow to their strikes (Medieval). Another move all knights uses is disarming techniques. If a knight cannot disarm another, they could accidentally kill angry wives, troubled children and teens, and erroneous win duels and cause a war by accident (Disarming).
With using a Medieval Arming Sword, each movement is meant to be swift but deadly. There are three difference stances one can take when using a Medieval Arming Sword (Arming). The positions can be seen with the pictures above. Each stance is made to increase power, the force of blows, or the power to parry a blow.
With the pictures above, it shows that many fights with the Medieval Arming Sword. From high strikes to using the ends of the sword hilt to mid-strikes and to blocking (Arming). The Medieval Arming Sword is a very versatile weapon as with other broadswords.
Since using knives have always been the last resort weapons, a lot of knights would always aim to block their opponent’s strikes by grabbing their wrists and making an opening to stab them (Poniard). They would also redirect the knife blows by using their own forearms to block their opponent’s forearm from actually delivering the blow. Knives, batons, and wooden swords would be used first before young knights would start using swords (Medieval).
Another purpose of using daggers, as shown in the pictures above, is to stop enemies by immobilizing them. This is done by stabbing their knees, ankles, and striking them in the abdomen (Poniard). It is believed that jailers or wardens use knives to stop escaping prisoners by using the dagger to stab their joints. Knives were also effective for people to maneuver quickly and deliver lethal blows. Due to how light the knives were and also how the hilt made it sturdy, it was always a requirement to have a knife when going into battles (Poniard).
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