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FFOULKES C. Armour & Weapons

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FFOULKES C.
Armour & Weapons
page 92



at the extreme end of the blade, is of a more gradual form, showing that the use of the sword for thrusting was more general than in the previous centuries. The Grip seems to be very short for the proper balance of the weapon, if we may judge from those shown on Plate III, i, 2, 3. The quillons curve upwards towards the point and the pommel is frequently decorated with the badge or arms of the owner. The symbol of the Cross is frequently found on the sword-pommel. At this period the handle and scabbard are frequently enriched with Η FIG. 47. A, Pommel ; B, Grip ; c, Knuckle- FIG. 48. Schiavona. bow ; D, D, Quillons ; E, Counter-guard ; F, Pas d'âne ; G, Ricasso ; H, Blade. ornamental metal-work set with gems, as we find on the monument of King John in Worcester Cathedral. The cruciform shape of the sword-hilt continues through the fourteenth century without much radical change in its construction, but in the fifteenth century we find the 'Pas d'âne', which is formed of two rings curving above the quillons on each side of the Ricasso, or squared part of the blade above the hilt (Fig. 47). It is usual to describe the sword as it is held for use in the hand ; that is, with the point as the highest part and the pommel as the lowest. After the fifteenth century sword-play began to be studied as a science, and we find that, besides being used for offensive purposes, the sword-hilt was CHAP. VII WEAPONS ΙΟΙ


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