A weapon used in the Middle Ages ( Medieval period ) by a Foot Soldier
Description of Quarterstaff
The weapons used during the Middle Ages include the Quarterstaff. The description of the Quarterstaff which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:
- Quarterstaff - This weapon consisted of a long shaft of hardwood
- The shaft consisted of a long, thick pole measuring between 6 - 9 feet (1.83 to 2.75 metres)
- Quarterstaffs were sometimes reinforced with metal tips usually made of iron
Used as a close contact weapon with thrusting, sweeping, clubbing or striking actions
A blow could apply tremendous force cracking a mans head, or bones if unprotected
- The weapon was primarily used for bludgeoning an opponent. It was used both to deliver crushing blows, and also to thrust like a spear
- Type or group of weapons - Bludgeoning Weapon
The Quarterstaff was also known by names such Stave or Balkstaff
The Middle Ages was an extremely violent era in history and all men were expected to have the skills and weapons to defend or attack enemies. The quarterstaff was a cheap weapon to produce being made of ash, oak or hawthorn. It is therefore most commonly associated with the lower classes, although nobles and knights also practised with such weapons increasing their weapons skills, strength, speed and agility. This weapon was lethal and highly effective even against cutting weapons such as swords and daggers. Quarterstaffs offered the advantage of being extremely versatile. Blows from quarterstaffs could be alternated from striking, jabbing and bludgeoning to thrusting like a spear. The style of attack could therefore change extremely quickly making it difficult for the enemy to respond quickly. The weapon also had the advantage of its long length.
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The training required by a Foot Soldier to use the Quarterstaff :
- Training method - The training method practised in the use of the Quarterstaff was strenuous requiring great agility. Practise and training might include the use of a revolving platform. A pole was fixed on the revolving platform and heavy horizontal wooden rods at head and foot height were attached to the pole. Men had to jump and duck whilst standing on the revolving platform to avoid being struck
- Men were taught how to whirl the heavy pole as a form of defence against an attack making it impossible for the enemy to launch an offensive
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