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Title: Medieval Weapons

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Subject: History
Author: Ernest P
Date: January 15, 2013
Level: University
Grade: A
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Our understanding of the weapons of the medieval world is skewed by the vast disarming of the "the civilian" that is taken for granted today, yet is a vastly different situation compared to what existed in many parts of " the West" as little as seven years ago. Medieval weapons and armor are, for better or for worse, generally considered in light of the knight and the nobility...

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The nobility, fighting as heavy cavalry, had exerted a tremendous influence on the battlefield. In spite of the pressures brought to bear on the knight by the increased use of the longbow, crossbow, handgun, and pike, heavy cavalry continued to play an absolutely essential role on the battlefield. The 14th-16th century saw great chanteys in weapons and armor, not because they "evolved" per se, but because they changed to maintain their effectiveness under deferent conditions, as John Clements puts in his book Medieval Swordsmanship "after all, swards did not get sharper, stronger, or especially more effective after the middle Ages...

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