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Medieval Battle by 0Karydwen0 Medieval Battle by 0Karydwen0
medieval battle in Dinan, Bretagne, France

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CaptainZorikh Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Now this looks

SAVAGE!
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PapaGonzales Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Did they really tackle each other like that?
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0Karydwen0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it was a fight reconstitution on a medieval festival
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PapaGonzales Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I mean, back in medieval times.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
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yes, the reality of armored combat during medieval times is very different from how it is portrayed in modern media. the sword's blade was actually mainly used against light unarmored opponents, but when two armored opponents fought they would actually hold their swords by the blade, and bludgeon each other with the pummel and hilt of their swords.
armored combat is also the main use for blunt weapons like clubs, maces, and warhammers.
besides all that, armored knights would also just tackle each other to the ground and then pull out small knives to stab away at the small gaps in their opponent's armor.

the reality is, most, if not all armored knights died from being crushed inside their suits.
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PapaGonzales Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Are you sure? Because in pictures in medieval illuminated manuscripts where war is shown, I've seen armored soldiers have their swords pierce through helmets and into surcoats, where I assume they pierced through chainmail on the other end. Also, I've neither seen any image where a knight or soldier is holding their sword by the blade.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
well it's not like the scribes who wrote and drew those manuscripts were trained in armored combat were they?

if you looked into medieval training manuals on armored combat you'll see what i'm talking about.
here you can see swords being held upside down to strike with the pummel and hilt, you can also see swords being held by the blade to be used as jabbing and shoving instruments rather than hacking and slashing.
41.media.tumblr.com/9d28462f63…
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/73…
farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/73…
2.bp.blogspot.com/-lWDn74vDgOU…
www.laboiteverte.fr/wp-content…
schlachtschule.org/pictures/Gr…
and here are some examples of tackling.
cdn3.vox-cdn.com/imported_asse…
www.thearma.org/essays/groundf…
cdn0.vox-cdn.com/entry_photo_i…

also here in this video you'll see that holding a sword by the blade (even with unprotected hands) is very viable and very useful.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ0H32…
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Mighty-Daneaxe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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0Karydwen0 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
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Sorodisi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing...
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