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Another example is the warhammer, the medieval knight who used the warhammer had to be strong to carry this weapon. The purpose of the warhammer was to bash the opponent and armor to cause damage to the opponents. This weapon was based on strength and accuracy in hitting. The medieval knights used these weapons to fight or support each others ... ... middle of paper ... ...ho is able to protect their kings from any danger or fight in battle to fight for their kingdom. Knights were important for the kingdom without them there will be no kingdom to protect back then.
All lands during the medieval periods would be subject to invasion at any point without any notice. Due to this, many ordinary people had to train in the arts of war and learn how to use some common weapons. Knights, who were higher up on the feudal system, were dedicated warriors. These horse mounted people used more expensive weapons rather than the crude, often makeshift, weapons of the lower classes. These consisted of the traditional swords, the lance and different daggers.
A lot, in fact most of the weapons were used for siege and Defense against castles. Castles were the most integral part of the Middle Ages. They held the king, the servants and anyone else Important. If you wanted land or money, a castle was the perfect Place to hit. Movable Towers were just one thing used to lay siege on These castles.
They laid siege castles for weeks and months at a time until the battle was won. To better understand warfare in medieval times we must look at the armor and weapons that were used in battle. According to Rogers, "The main hand weapon for most types of soldiers throughout the medieval period was the sword (Rogers p.432) ". The war hammer and mace were also used by the cavalry soldiers as close range weapons. "These weapons were made of iron so they would be heavier and were capable of inflicting more damage against heavily armored soldiers (Rogers p.440).
They were the professional soldiers that lead, conducted, or ceded battles. They trained for battle, and invested in the best equipment. Under the feudal system, however, they in turn answered to the king or lord which was responsible for their public standing. Naturally, much innovation would come from time spent attempting to make sure the knight would have the most edge in battle. Arms Swords & Melee Weapons The sword, the standard weapon of war for millennia, was still the main weapon in this time frame.
Plate mail was still in the future, but armor had developed to the point where most of a knight was covered in metal, and even his horse wore padded armor. The knight was adept at the use of the lance, the sword and the shield, and was every bit as effective on foot as he was on horseback. What happened in the 14th century was that there emerged other forces on the field that could withstand the feudal cavalry charge and could even win battles. The most notable of these were the English Longbowmen and the Swiss Pikemen. English Longbows The English longbow was much bigger than other bows.
Changes of Weaponry and Warfare during the Middle Ages During the Middle Ages, or also known as the Medieval Ages, change was a major part of that period. Europe was watching war become much different. In the older times, a few thousands of troops were considered a large army. Nowadays, nobody has ever seen such size of an army with such variety in weapons including guns, munitions, and artillery that were all developed during that period. Besides, it was obvious that the face of warfare was changing by the end of the fifteenth century.
During the tournament if the lance began to break or splinter one point was scored. If the lance broke it would be replaced with a new one. If the lance broke again, the two knights would dismount horses and begin to fight with swords. The tournaments were encouraged to contain chivalric behavior and attitude. The lance was also used in warfare.
His armor usually represented his class or authority. Each knight’s coat of arms had a different personality ranging from different helmets to different metals to different emblems. During the Elizabethan period Europeans mainly focused on warfare. War required long range weapons to slow down the approaching enemy and short range weapons were needed for combat. This era started the usage of combustion and developed cannons and pistols.