If you’re new to these here parts, every Monday I like to do what I call Medieval Monday. I highlight a specific term from the medieval ages, and expand on the definition of that term and describe its appearance. If there is something you would like to see featured in a Medieval Monday, hop into the comments and say so.
This week’s Medieval Monday is brought to you by the letter “L”. The longsword is what we’ll be taking a closer look at.
The longsword is probably one of the most recognizable medieval items there is. We’ve all seen it, and we can recognize it immediately. Its use ranged for a respectable amount of time, appearing some time in the 13th century and lasting well into the 17th century. The longsword is distinguished by its shape. It has a cruciform-shaped hilt, a grip long enough for two-handed use, and a straight blade that is double-edged.
Here’s a nifty fact for you: longswords were the finest examples of advanced technology for the time period. Is that blowing your mind how a sword could be considered advanced? Do you know how complicated it is to make a sword? Did you know that it is considered a rare and exceptional thing for swordsmiths to still be able to craft swords the original way? If you’re really interested in the subject, and if you have Netflix, I suggest you go and watch Reclaiming the Blade. It’s an excellent documentary covering this entire subject.
Now, you know what a longsword looks like, but can you identify its parts? Here’s a wonderful diagram to help you out.
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