An estoc, used from the 14th to the 17th century, is an edgeless two-handed sword designed specifically for fighting against … More
Worn over a skirt of maille, a fauld is a piece of armor that sits under a breastplate, corresponding to a ‘culet’ which sits under the backplate on the other side (although in early medieval times, culets were rarely worn as maille over the arse was deemed ‘good enough’). A fauld consists of steel lames connected by strips of leather, albeit other less popular methods were sometimes used to connect them. The leather strips allow expansion and contraction, which is absolutely necessary because the fauld needs to contract when the wearer mounts a horse. Oftimes, additional ‘tassets’ were hinged to the bottom of faulds to hang over the ‘cuisses’ and provide additional protection for thighs.
Part of the research I had to do for a book included learning how ‘muzzleloaders’ operate. So now I’ll briefly share … More
A swordbreaker is a dagger or shortsword with deep notches on one side of the blade, used for catching and grappling … More