A while back I talked about squires. One of their earliest tasks was to learn to use a sword and hone their fighting skills. Young boys, on their way to becoming squires and eventually knights, practiced first with wooden swords. Later they graduated to real metal swords that they would use in battle and tournaments.
Generally, thrusting (stabbing) swords were short and thick, while slashing or slicing swords were long and heavy. There were many types of swords in the middle ages, but the following were some of the most commonly used swords: Continue reading