-- Broadsword
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Location: Europe
Common Construction: Steel

Swords had been a mainstay of combat for over 4000 years, but the widespread use of steel plated armor in 16th century Europe ended that legacy for the most part. Wars were still fought with axes, maces, and polearms, but one-handed swords were largely relegated to civilian use, the most popular of which was the rapier. Any sword after this period that was wider than a rapier was considered a broadsword. Typical examples are the Scottish broadsword (above) with its characterstic basket hilt, or the Italian schiavona (below).

General Term, History, Medieval Europe, Sword, Weapon

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