~ Medieval Weapons ~
- Maces -
Up until the 13th century, the knobbed and cylindrical varieties of
mace were used in battle but in the 12th century the flanged mace became
particularly common. The flanged mace, the design of which involved
edges of metal which jutted out, was specifically good for causing a
lot of damage on even the heaviest armor.
Chainmail and armor were usually difficult to pierce with a sword or
an arrow, but even though it was possible to penetrate such armor with
this mace, there was no need for this tactic when a blow from this weapon
was force enough to be lethal. An attack with a mace could also knock
the wind out of an enemy soldier, so giving the wielder of such a weapon
time to increase his attack.
Maces - continued