Medieval Glossary


A polearm that was a development of the spear. The blade is thirty inches long with a broad base that comes to a point. The partizan could be used to cut or thrust, and two lugs below the blade that were forklike could be used to entangle or break sword blades.

Related term(s): Polearm; Spear; Angon; Pike; Glaive; Gisarme
Category: Weapons
Added: 07.09.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 82-84.


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