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By Frederick Wilkinson

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ISBN-13: 9780448008813

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A third solution offered by the swordsmith was the falchion, which was a shorter sword with a curved, single-edged blade widening toward the tip, thus ensuring that most weight was at the point where the sword edge was most likely to strike home. Daggers were carried by knights, but they were only used as a last resort or to kill a downed opponent. , One new variety was the wide-bladed falchion (second from left). Plate armor Scale armor was a very old form of defense, and during the thirteenth century long coats of it were sometimes used, although mail was the form of protection worn by most knights.

1095 Pope Urban sent out the call for the rescue of Mohamed. The resulting Jerusalem from the followers of Crusades were to force Western Europe and the Near East into close contact for the next 300 years. The differences between the various peoples of Europe were broken down when Norman, Dane, German, French and Italian knights were com- rades on the same standardized all battlefield and knightly weapons became over Europe. From Arab swordsmiths Europeans learned how to forge famous Damascus and Toledo blades better steel, as the showed, though the shape of the sword remained reasonably From Byzantine engineers Europeans learned about building great stone castles with rounded flanking towers.

There is some evidence to suggest that a small, at first of mail, was worn by some knights. Hauberks often had a stiffened collar which stood up to protect the solid breast-plate neck. Inventories of this period occasionally mention a form of collar called a pizaine, but its exact nature is uncertain. It was possibly a sepa- rate collar of stiffened mail. Rigidity was given by the Dating from about 1370, this brass of Ralph de Knevynton <^ 56 from Essex shows a skirt of hoops fastened to fabric.

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