See also:Developed from a
See also:sharp-headed stake, the
See also:spear may be reckoned, with the
See also:club, as among the most
See also:ancient of weapons . All the prehistoric races handled the spear; all savage folk thrust with it or hurl it; civilized man still keeps it as the
See also:lance and the boar-spear; indeed, the
See also:bayonet is a spear-
See also:head with the
See also:rifle for a
See also:shaft . The
See also:English before the Norman
See also:conquest were a spear-bearing
See also:race . The freeman's six-
See also:foot ashen spear was always near his
See also:hand; and its head is found beside the bones of every
See also:warrior . The casting
See also:javelin was commoner than the
See also:bow . Norman horsemen made the long lance, a dozen feet long, its pennon fluttering below the point, the knightly weapon . Throwing spears became rare, the Black
See also:Prince's English knights wondering at the
See also:Spanish fashion of casting darts . In the 14th century the vamplate came into use as a guard for the lance hand above the grip . At this
See also:time also the coronel head was devised for the better safeguard of the jousters, many of whom, how-ever, preferred the blunted or " rebated " point . The next step in development gave the shaft a swell towards the hand on both sides of the grip, a swell exaggerated in the jousting lance of the 16th century, which, fluted and hollowed, is found weighing twenty pounds, with a girth of as much as 271 in. at its broadest
See also:part .
See also:Leather " burres " were added below the grip and, before the'end of the 14th century, the
See also:weight of the jousting lance called for the use of the lance-
See also:rest, a
See also:hook or catch screwed to the right
See also:breast of the
See also:harness .
The Scots, always weaker than the English in
See also:archery, favoured the long spear as the chief weapon of the
See also:infantry, and from
See also:Falkirk onwards held their own in their " schiltron " formaf
See also:ion against all
See also:cavalry, until riddled and disarrayed by the arrow-flights . Their English enemy, when harquebusiers began to oust the archers, exchanged the old bills for those 18 and 20 ft. pikes which bristled from the squares protecting the " shot." At the same time, the English horsemen began to leave the lance for sword,
See also:pistol and musketoon . During the
See also:wars in the 17th century every man on foot was either pikeman or musketeer . After 1675 the long pike gave way to the bayonet in its first shape of a
See also:dagger whose hilt could be struck into the muzzle of the musket, and, some four-teen years later, the bayonet with a
See also:ring-catch gave the infantry-man the last
See also:form of his pike . Sergeants, however, carried through the 18th century a "
See also:halbert " (q.v.) which, in its degenerate form, became a
See also:short pike, and infantry
See also:officers were sometimes armed with the spontoon . In 1816 certain
See also:dragoon regiments were given the lance which had been seen at
See also:work in the hands of Poles and Cossacks; and the weapon is still part of the service equipment although controversy is still hot over its value in
See also:action, its supporters urging the demoralizing effect of the lance against broken troops .
See also:navy gave up, in favour of the
See also:cutlass bayonet, the pikes which were once served out to repel attacks of boarders . At the
See also:day the High
See also:Sheriff's party of javelin-men are the only Englishmen who
See also:march on foot with the ancient weapon .
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