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Cole Nelson




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PostPosted: Mon 23 Sep, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: A question about the Quntariya...         Reply with quote

Hey everyone! I have been following discussion threads here for a couple years now, and I final decided to join club. Although I am only 17, and don't have nearly as much experience as the vast majority of my fellow forumites, I am very interested in all things relating to historic arms and armor. Any way, on to the question.

I recently picked up a translation of "The Book of Contemplation", by Usama Ibn Munqidh, and so far It has been a very interesting read. Usama makes frequent references to the use of "quntariya" spears by both his fellow Muslims as well as crusading Europeans. I was wondering if anyone has more information concerning these weapons; in particular their length, weight, and general design as well as any surviving examples. Thanks in advance!

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Ahmad Tabari





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PostPosted: Mon 23 Sep, 2013 8:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Cole,

My knowledge on quntariya spears is limited, but from what I understand the name comes from the Byzantine kontarion. Just like the latter, quntariya spears seem to have been shorter and possibly heavier than the traditional Arab reed lances.

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David Lewis Smith




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PostPosted: Mon 23 Sep, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It really appears to be nothing more than a 12 to 15 foot heavy lance used by Parthian and Sassanian cavalrymen. Its organs are 1st century AD. The odd thing is it seams it was used two handed from horseback.
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