Early Norman Mace
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Description of the Product
The club is no doubt the oldest weapon and the mace its most high-minded variation. Always a symbol of power and authority, its great advantages are simplicity and durability. It never required sharpening and was very effective against unarmored opponents, as well as plate or mail armor. The first bronze mace heads were cast c. 2000bce in the Levant, and the mace made a comeback during the middle ages in Western Europe.
The mace as a weapon reached its popularity in Europe during the high middle ages among the knightly class. The rise in the popularity of the mace coincides with the improvements in armor. This early medieval mace would have been a perfect offensive weapon in Norman warfare, as it could easily break bones and cave in a leather Saxon helm. Early medieval maces tended to be fairly light, but when wielded from horseback, they were a great match for the lightly armored men at arms, who might only have been wearing padding. Mail, as well as helmets, was at that time still the privilege of the few, not of the masses.
Maces are featured widely in the Bayeux tapestry, which chronicles the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066. Maces are seen flying as missiles, as well as in the hand of Odo the bishop, William the Conquerors half-brother. Some clergymen were keen to find a loophole in the biblical warning that “all who take the sword will perish by the sword”. By opting for a deadly weapon which inflicted blunt force trauma instead, technically they would not be spilling the blood of other Christians.
The solid cast steel head has multiple blunt spikes and rope decoration, while the darkened, wooden shaft has carved indents for a sure grip. A steel butt cap with lanyard ring allows for easily transport on foot or horse, or enables you to tie the weapon to your wrist in battle.
- Made by Windlass Steelcrafts
- Overall length 56 cm
- Weight 560 g
- Materials: Carbon steel head and hardwood shaft
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