Medieval Glossary


A short sword that had a heavy, straight, and blunt back edge that met with the curved sharpened edge of the blade at a sharp point. The falchion was sometimes used by archers early during the medieval period. Later in the Middle Ages, it was used more by mounted soldiers.

Related term(s): Archer; Mounted; Quillon; Hilt; Pommel; Estoc
Category: Weapons
Added: 06.07.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 67, 69, 70.


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