Documents
Resources
Learning Center
Upload
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

A Beginner s Guide To Medieval Weapons

VIEWS: 18 PAGES: 2

									Title:
A Beginner’s Guide To Medieval Weapons

Word Count:
401

Summary:
Technological conditions and nature of availability of raw materials form
the basis of any culture’s arsenal at any point of time in the history of
mankind. Prehistoric human race, often better known as the Stone Age
civilization were known for their intelligent usage of grinding tools,
stone and shaping axes, and creating arrows and spears as weapons for
survival strategies. But these implements improved over the years as the
technological skills of these cultures improved....


Keywords:
medieval swords, medieval weaponry, world war II weapons


Article Body:
Technological conditions and nature of availability of raw materials form
the basis of any culture’s arsenal at any point of time in the history of
mankind. Prehistoric human race, often better known as the Stone Age
civilization were known for their intelligent usage of grinding tools,
stone and shaping axes, and creating arrows and spears as weapons for
survival strategies. But these implements improved over the years as the
technological skills of these cultures improved.

The development of the metallic tools, implements and weapons that
persisted through the Middle Ages were actually originated during the
Bronze and Iron Ages and following that, these implements have
dramatically altered over time. Eventually, with the appearance of
gunpowder in Europe in the early 14th century most of these weapon were
rendered useless and the castle too took a backseat to the extent of
becoming redundant.

The castle was considered to be one of the most formidable weapons of
medieval warfare while if we consider the smaller weapons, there were
also a lot of lethal ones, the ones that were movable and capable of
wreaking havoc and death of an opponent. Thus despite having played a key
role in the deaths of many people during the Middle Ages, it is a
category of its own and hence will be kept out the following discussion
on medieval weaponry.

The Middle Ages witnessed the dominance of double edged swords, metal-
headed spears and axes among weapons while arrows and short bows were
also in vogue. A very interesting fact that is pretty well known in this
regard is that the Saxons valued swords very highly to the extent of
considering the value of a sword to be equivalent to the value of 120
oxen or 15 male slaves and thus according great importance and status to
a man possessing a sword. Because of these weapons being simple to
construct and easy to wield, throughout the Middle Ages these weapons
remained popular.
In spite of the three weapons of the sword, the spear (or lance) and the
battle-axe being very prevalent during the 12th century, yet the crossbow
quickly gained popularity. Compounded with the rapidly rising popularity
of the horse warfare that supposedly made movement easy and allowed a
benefit to its martial riders who held spears and the beginning of
massive siege engines, eventually these hand-held weapons helped invaders
like the Normans to overpower these less technologically advanced people.

								
To top