Without a doubt, the most widely known and glamorous weapon of the middle ages was the sword. The name “sword” could cover a large number of devices, from a sharp piece of metal to a finely worked arming sword with a damascened blade.

Over the years, the sword became known as a symbol of war, due to the fact that it could rarely be used for anything else. Bows, spears, and knives all had other uses, but the sword was kept sharp for times of war.

Arming Sword Gladius Kopis
Arming Sword
Long Sword Spatha Xiphos
Long Sword

1. References
a. http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/xMartialArts/Gear/SwordHistory.asp
b. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiphos
c. http://www.2-clicks-swords.com/article/history-of-greek-swords.html
d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopis
e. http://wildfiregames.com/0ad/page.php?p=1590
f. http://www.thearma.org/essays/2HGS.html
g. http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/broadsword.htm
h. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arming_sword
i. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword
j. http://www.himalayan-imports.com/faq/Construction.html
k. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilt
l. http://www.thearma.org/essays/hype.htm
m. http://www.swordswallow.com/swordterms.php

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