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Matt Lewis




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Feb, 2014 9:47 am    Post subject: Help with Partisan/ medieval spear         Reply with quote

Hi,

I have the opportunity of getting a custom weapon made up.

I like partisans but am struggling to find some decent examples to chose from, I imagine there must be 13-4th century knightly spear examples for fighting armoured opponents too ?

However I'm struggling to find much on google and was wondering if anyone was able to help me with some pictures/ref material, I'd be interested in 'typical weights lengths etc too.

Figured someone on here must know Happy

Thanks

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Mark Griffin




Location: The Welsh Marches, in the hills above Newtown, Powys.
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PostPosted: Tue 04 Feb, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The partisan as is defined by modern curatorial terminology isn't around that early. There are certainly some larger spears about but my gut feeling and personal opinion is that a 13th-14th cent knight would not want to be using such a lower order weapon unless pretty desperate and would restrict anything in that kind of area to his lance, a different beast altogether.
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PostPosted: Tue 04 Feb, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The warrior on the far left (even though probably not a knight) seems to be wielding what we now call a partisan...
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Matt Lewis




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Feb, 2014 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys, also Images of Ghiavarnia, which are a 14th C weapon afaik (Fiore?) would be great, even if someone could point me in the direction of some good resources?

cheers

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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb, 2014 11:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The "knightly spear" in the 13th-14th century was usually a lance, which often needed no modifications for use on foot (since the flared shape and the vamplates and all the fancy gewgaws of the late-medieval lance weren't necessarily fully developed yet by this time). At most it would have been cut down to a more manageable length, though sometimes the extra length of the lance (assuming it had any at all) could be handy if the knight wanted to wield it in the manner of a pike.
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