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Jack W. Englund




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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jan, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Type ax used by Robt. the Bruce ??         Reply with quote

Robert the Bruce was known to use an Ax in battle. Any ideas of it's design ???

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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jan, 2011 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Type ax used by Robt. the Bruce ??         Reply with quote

Jack W. Englund wrote:
Robert the Bruce was known to use an Ax in battle. Any ideas of it's design ???

Jack


Well, I couldn't really speak as to what KIND of axe it would be, but if I was to hazard a guess, I would think it would be a heavy single-handed one something like the one shown on the miniature below. He was purported to have broken his over the skull of Henry de Bohun at Bannockburn, lamenting that "I have broken my good battle axe." Some dispute this though.



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Malcolm A




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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jan, 2011 1:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I dont suppose we will ever know exactly what axe he used but we can of course guess and speculate.

For what it's worth, I like the axe design that the statue of Robert the Bruce at the Bannockburn Centre has. See the picture taken by me in the following link.

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p...ht=#136763

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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jan, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fun question. I'm not sure how accurate it is but I have a replica axe from Hank Reinhardt's collection that was supposed to be a Robert the Bruce axe.
http://www.hankreinhardt.com/Sale/Axes/axes%20282.htm

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Bartek Strojek




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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jan, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I suppose that the best guess would be find some typology, then data about types that were popular in Scotland at the time.

Some good topic are here, on Armoury - some already linked, thanks!

Anyway, I've seen fun little stuff like that

http://www.freha.pl/index.php?showtopic=2543&...p;start=60

From polish finds - different types, when they were used, and how many were found.

It seems that:

VII, VIII, XIII - are interpreted weapons
VIIa, X, XIa, XII - tools
VIIIa, IX, IXa, Xa, XI - tools or/and weapons


Maybe someone would know more about state of this in Britain/Scotland. Happy
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