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What did Historical Swords Weigh? Clements "never overlay thy selfe with a heavy weapon, for nimblenesse of bodie, and nimblenesse of weapon are two chief helpes for thy advantage" - Joseph Swetnam, The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence, Just how heavy were swords from the Middle Ages and Renaissance?
This question perhaps the most commonly encountered in this subject is easily answered by knowledgeable students of the subject. While understanding of the true weights of Medieval and Renaissance swords is appreciated by serious enthusiasts and practitioners of historical fencing today, in contrast the general public and even specialists are often woefully ignorant on the matter.
Finding accurate information on what real historical swords actually weighed can sometimes be difficult, making efforts to convince skeptics and the uninformed a considerable challenge. A Weighty Issue Erroneous statements about the weight of Medieval and Renaissance swords are unfortunately common.
It is an issue of the most habitual misinformation and misstatement. This should come as no surprise given the misrepresentation Medieval and Renaissance swordplay continually receives in popular media.
Everywhere from television and movies to video games, historical European swords have been depicted as being cumbersome and displayed with wide, exaggerated movements. On a recent national television appearance on The History Channel, one respected academic and expert on medieval military technology even declared with conviction how 14th century swords were "heavy" sometimes weighing as much as "40 pounds"!
From ordinary hands-on experience we know full well that swords were not excessively heavy nor did they weigh 10 or 15 pounds and more.
There is only so many ways we can repeat how these weapons were not at all heavy or ungainly.
Remarkably, while one would think a crucial piece of information as the weight of swords would be of great interest to arms curators and arms historians, there is no major reference book that actually lists the weights of different types.
Perhaps this vacuum of documented evidence is part of the very problem surrounding the issue. However, there are a few respected sources that do give some valuable statistics. For example, the lengthy catalog of swords from the famed Wallace Collection Museum in London readily lists dozens of fine specimens among which it is difficult to find any weighing in excess of 4 pounds.
Indeed, the majority of specimens, from arming swords to two-handers to rapiers, weigh much less than three pounds. The late Ewart Oakeshott. Despite frequent claims to the contrary, Medieval swords were indeed light, manageable, and on average weighed less than four pounds.
As leading sword expert Ewart Oakeshott unequivocally stated: Such weights, to men who were trained to use the sword from the age of seven and who had to be tough specimens to survive that agewere by no means too great to be practical. He had handled thousands of swords in his lifetime and at one time or another personally owned dozens of the finest examples ranging from the Bronze Age to the 19th century.
Medieval swords in general were well-made, light, agile fighting weapons equally capable of delivering dismembering cuts or cleaving deep cavities into the body.
Even the heavier bastard swords which were used only by second-grade fighting men did not exceed 1. Starting in the 16th century there were of course special parade or bearing swords that did weigh up to 8 or 9 pounds and more, however these monstrous show pieces were not fighting weapons and there is no evidence they were ever intended for use in any type of combat.In October of last year, A+E Networks filed a trademark application asking for priority consideration for their use of the clunky name Buried: Knights Templar and the Holy Grail for a new television series.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office moved with exceptional speed to grant A+E the use of the name, which they slapped on a program that began airing last week on the History channel as. The Energy Racket. By Wade Frazier. Revised in June Introduction and Summary. A Brief Prehistory of Energy and Life on Earth.
Early Civilization, Energy and the Zero-Sum Game. All Things Medieval from weapons, armor and knights to castles and games. Mounted encounters by armored knights locked in desperate hand-to-hand combat, stabbing and wrestling in tavern brawls, deceits and brutalities in street affrays, balletic homicide on the dueling field―these were the martial arts of Renaissance Europe.
What did Historical Swords Weigh? By J. Clements "never overlay thy selfe with a heavy weapon, for nimblenesse of bodie, and nimblenesse of weapon are two chief helpes for thy advantage" - Joseph Swetnam, The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence, Buried is a clunky, unfinished series that relies heavily on the audience’s presumed familiarity with the Templars.
Its four-hour runtime contains about an hour of content, if I am being generous.