Middle Ages Weapons
The Middle Ages were extremely violent. Castles were built to act as power bases. Lands were subject to invasion. This was the period of the Norman conquest and the battle of Hastings. There were two types of armed men during the Medieval era who used different weapons during the Middle Ages: The Knights and the Foot Soldiers. Their weapons included pole arms, battle axes, maces, billhooks, caltrops, flails, halberds, longbows, pikes, poleaxes, quarterstaff's, spears, war hammers, broadsword, falchion swords, great swords and long swords.
The style of warfare during the Middle Ages were fought around the power bases. This Medieval style of warfare required different weapons, the massive and deadly siege weapons of the Middle Ages. Siege weapons were made to order. The most famous Medieval Siege Weapons used during the era consisted of: the Ballistas, the Mangonels, the Battering rams and the Trebuchets.
Bladed Hand Weapons
There were three groups of weapons in the Middle Ages:
1. Siege Weapons
2. the Weapons used by Knights and the Crusades
3. the Weapons used by the foot soldiers
Middle Ages Weapons Training
Training in the use of the lance was practiced at the Quintain which included titling and "Running at the Rings". Training in the use of swords and other close combat weapons were practiced at the Pell. Knights weapons training even extended into a game, Pell Mell.