Posted: Wed 24 May, 2017 10:45 pm Post subject: What are some early complex medieval polearms?
So I've heard that halberds have their origins in the 13th century but I can't find and polearms from that period that aren't plain old spears. When do things like glaives/halberds/bills appear and what are their early forms?
EDIT: I realize some of these may have had agricultural origins, I'm asking specifically about the weaponized versions
Hello! Besides asian pieces One of the early weapon is this: http://www.levantia.com.au/lodrep.html
Which is basicaly proto Italian halberd or billhook or whatever you want to call that weapon. It is also on picture, which i have uploaded.
Next thing i would seek for is a thing called Sovnia in Russian. It is basicaly a oneedged blade on long shaft. First such things are known from 11. century and maybe before.
There is evidence about longer than ussual maces and battle pickaxes for Byzantinum. Those are hovever Daneaxe lenght at best.
If we will talk about Asia, but i thing this int the case it will be completely different story and we can go back possibly to 3000 bc from which is the oldest known halberd. Attachment: 51.51 KB
Thanks for sharing this information! I was going to post a similar example of this early Italian bill-type weapon, but I wasn't aware of the Byzantine connection/origin. The weapon appears in another scene of the arrest of Christ from a late 12th century crucifix in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
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