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Medieval Battle
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Published: July 21, 2008
medieval battle in Dinan, Bretagne, France

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81 mm
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Jul 20, 2008, 4:38:56 PM
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AlexTheActor's avatar
Is there more of this fight? Looks intense!
Alisa-fan's avatar
Awesome, the armour is so cool :dummy:
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*gets the popcorn*
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CaptainZorikhProfessional Traditional Artist
Now this looks

SAVAGE!
PapaGonzales's avatar
Did they really tackle each other like that?
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0Karydwen0Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it was a fight reconstitution on a medieval festival
PapaGonzales's avatar
I mean, back in medieval times.
NicklausofKrieg's avatar
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yes, the reality of armored combat during medieval times is very different from how it is portrayed in modern media. the sword's blade was actually mainly used against light unarmored opponents, but when two armored opponents fought they would actually hold their swords by the blade, and bludgeon each other with the pummel and hilt of their swords.
armored combat is also the main use for blunt weapons like clubs, maces, and warhammers.
besides all that, armored knights would also just tackle each other to the ground and then pull out small knives to stab away at the small gaps in their opponent's armor.

the reality is, most, if not all armored knights died from being crushed inside their suits.
PapaGonzales's avatar
Are you sure? Because in pictures in medieval illuminated manuscripts where war is shown, I've seen armored soldiers have their swords pierce through helmets and into surcoats, where I assume they pierced through chainmail on the other end. Also, I've neither seen any image where a knight or soldier is holding their sword by the blade.
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The swords cutting through helmets and whatnot is most likely for dramatic purposes, as trying to cut through the helmet with a sword would be a failure every time, as the material of the helmet would be too tough and its shape too able to shed weapons. Mike Loades tested it in his series "Weapons That Made Britain" youtu.be/-h0e0NSwYNg

As for the other one, you can just see NicklausofKrieg's comment below for images. It's famously known as the Murder Stroke, with the single hand on the blade being called half-swording.
NicklausofKrieg's avatar
well it's not like the scribes who wrote and drew those manuscripts were trained in armored combat were they?

if you looked into medieval training manuals on armored combat you'll see what i'm talking about.
here you can see swords being held upside down to strike with the pummel and hilt, you can also see swords being held by the blade to be used as jabbing and shoving instruments rather than hacking and slashing.
41.media.tumblr.com/9d28462f63…
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/73…
farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/73…
2.bp.blogspot.com/-lWDn74vDgOU…
www.laboiteverte.fr/wp-content…
schlachtschule.org/pictures/Gr…
and here are some examples of tackling.
cdn3.vox-cdn.com/imported_asse…
www.thearma.org/essays/groundf…
cdn0.vox-cdn.com/entry_photo_i…

also here in this video you'll see that holding a sword by the blade (even with unprotected hands) is very viable and very useful.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ0H32…
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Very nice!
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thanks :)
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amazing...
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Thanks :)
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SorodisiHobbyist General Artist
:D
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Thank you :)
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you are welcome :)
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Thanks!
Falon2007's avatar
Really captures the gritty nature of medieval fighting, even in the tournament!
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thanks!
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