Medieval Glossary


An average-size spear used by Frankish warriors for throwing and sometimes in hand-to-hand combat. It was mostly covered in iron and had little exposed wood. The top had points turned back like a hook, making it hard to draw out of a body once it had been stabbed inside.

Related term(s): Spear; Polearm; Partizan; Pike; Haft; Glaive
Category: Weapons
Added: 01.01.05
Source information: DeVries, Kelly Robert. Medieval Military Technology. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1992. 10-11.


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