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Glaive

Polearm

Glaive

Polearm

Detailing the development and operational history of the Glaive Polearm.  Entry last updated on 8/31/2012.

Polearms reigned supreme in the world as a military arm and Medieval Europe was no exception. The Glaive was such a weapon system that consisted of a sharp, angled edge fitted to the top of long shaft. The Glaive was a two-handed weapon and could be swung or thrust at an opponent or be set against the ground in preparation for an enemy's cavalry charge. Glaive blade heads came in a variety of shapes by its function was simple - to pierce or slive through flesh as needed.

A typical Glaive was between 7- and 8-feet long featurig a blade that could be as much as 18-inches in length. Such a reach could prove critical when facing an amassed enemy. The bladed metal portion sat atop the shaft by way of a socket. Glaive blade heads sported various degrees of smaller sharp edges to help hook the weapon against clothing, armor, flesh or shields. The hooking action could be useful in pulling down mounted horsemen, rendering their shock value impotent. Due to its length, the Glaive was a two-handed weapon that restricted the use of a shield. As such, Glaive personnel could be formed into somewhat impenetrable fronts with other Glaive infantry.
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