I often get asked about medieval weapons which have wooden shafts (eg. spears, pollaxes, warhammers) getting broken or cut through during combat. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria
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Shorts swords, known also as hangers, have been made for centuries as soldiers sidearms, but they are not all the same. Details of their designs mean that they are uniquely adapted for specific roles. Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria
Subjectively people like what they like, but I believe that objectively the heavy cavalry guard is one of the best sword guards every made and should probably have been replicated for other lines of the British Army and even Navy. In this video we look at some antique swords and consider why some guards are…
It may seem like a silly question, but it is the sort of question that get asked a lot. There is a prevailing view that some weapons are simply easier to use than others. But does that apply to two of the most iconic sword types from history, the katana and the longsword? Fundamentally they…
Records of the Medieval Sword: https://amzn.to/37Cryn8 Ewart Oakeshott’s books on medieval swords have yet to be surpassed, but it is really time that they are! Oakeshott created a great legacy and some people are leading some great research, but I’d really like to see some of this published in books soon.
The British Army 1796 pattern spadroon (infantry officer’s sword) is often criticized, but how did it differ to what went before and was it worse, or actually an improvement? Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria
An account of single combat with swords during the Battle of Waterloo. D. A. Kinsley’s books: https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=D+A+Kinsley&type=
We normally name military sword types by model or pattern dates. But this often gets more complex than we would want and in some cases people use names that are flat out wrong. Antique swords for sale: https://www.antique-swords.co.uk/antique-swords-for-sale/