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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 02 Nov, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Another Early Dagger Image?         Reply with quote

A while back I posted an image from an 11th century copy of the writings of Hrabanus Maurus which clearly depicted an early form of dagger. I believe I've found another such illustration, this time dating from the late 12th century.
While the weapon in question looks more like a knife, it is clearly being illustrated as a weapon, since the figure in question carries it with a shield or buckler.



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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Mon 02 Nov, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Saxes and shields have been a popular combination as well. Wink

But perhaps this picture is a bit too young to display a sax.
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Nov, 2009 8:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sirs-If I remember correctly, commoner spearmen were often referred to as cousreliers sincce they carried a long knife (coustelle ) instead of a sword. In those times everyone carried a knife, and so it was easy for a commoner to get one.
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Tue 03 Nov, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is not the "coustelle" the same thing as a "coustille"? And if so, was that not a 14th century weapon, rather than late 12th century?
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