The Broadsword had a straight, double-edged blade. Around three feet in length, the sword had a single-handed cruciform hilt with a pommel.
- 3-4 feet
- 4-5 lbs
- Tempered steel
The Broadsword was the signature weapon of knights, who wore it even when not in armor. It was designed to be used in either one or both hands. Not an overly heavy sword, it was still capable of breaking bones through sheer blunt force trauma when striking an armored opponent. However it was still sharp and could easily cut through flesh and bone.
Bronze or Iron Swords existed in Celtic tribes. Romans were the first Europeans to develop steel swords; the Spatha was a Roman longsword. Swords like this may have evolved into the Viking Long Sword. The Normans improved this sword's metallurgy and design into the Norman Broadsword. The broadsword was made of high quality steel, unlike previous European swords. An ordinary Broadsword cost 12 oxen or 15 male slaves durring the historical period in which it was used. Only the nobles and Knights were allowed to use swords; peasants were outlawed from doing so. The broadsword was considered to be the Knight's crucifix as it had the shape of one.
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