The term great sword refers to any of a number of large two-handed swords used in medieval Europe. This should not be confused with its descendant, the sword that is called a true two-handed sword from the Renaissance. While there is some overlap in terms as great swords are sometimes (correctly) called "two-handed swords", it is not historically correct to refer to all "two-handed swords" as great swords. Image:Great Sword. ... A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... A two-handed sword, used as a general term, is any large sword that requires two hands to use. ... By Region: Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance *French Renaissance *German Renaissance *English Renaissance The Renaissance was an influential cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn of modern European history. ...
These swords were for the most part scaled-up versions of the contemporary long-sword with size being the main distinction: both were considered war swords but the great sword could not be used with one hand. These were exclusively infantry weapons and could not be used in conjunction with a shield. While terms do overlap, it is certain that great swords usually sported longer, heavier blades. Even 18th centurybroad swords - the curved-blade variety, akin to a thick sabre - could be referred to as great swords, though the term is used nearly exclusively for straight two-handed swords of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Therefore, great sword is best regarded as a generic term, and it is important to remember that great is relative. The term long-sword is ahistoric in the sense that it refers to a different kind of sword depending on historical context. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... The term broadsword was originally used to describe the straight double-edged basket-hilted swords of Europe during the 17th through 19th centuries. ... SABRE (Synergic Air BReathing Engine) is a proposal for a hydrogen-fuelled airbreathing rocket engine/jet engine for propelling launch vehicles into low earth orbit. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... By Region: Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance *French Renaissance *German Renaissance *English Renaissance The Renaissance was an influential cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn of modern European history. ...
Dating to at least the 13th century these early swords often had flat wide blades, while later examples were either diamond or hexagonal in cross section. This was in response to better plate armor, and was used more for thrusting than for hacking. Some of these later versions were considered bastard-swords. There are surviving examples with blades 4 feet long, and with hilts longer than 16 inches. (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...
Knowing the wondrous properties of this sword, no wonder all the people, with whom the king was very popular and much beloved, dreaded the effects of carrying out the cook's request, and fearing for his majesty's safety, begged of him not to submit to it.
Great was the trepidation of the whole assembled court on beholding that even the strong and steady hand of the king's most trusty guardsman could not stay the onward and downward progress of the wondrous weapon, when once its edge began to cut.
Great was the joy and loud the shouts (almost as loud as those of the dead cook's) of every one when they saw the success of the potent charm, and that their beloved king remained uninjured.
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