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Glaive
Time Period: 14th-16th century
Location: Europe
Common Construction: Wooden haft with a steel head

The glaive consists of a single edged blade attached to a long pole. If the glaive had a hook on the back of the blade to dismount horsemen, it would be called a glaive-guisarme.

Some consider the glaive to be an inferior polearm, while others consider it one of the best and most powerful. It is likely that as polearms were gaining popularity in the 14th century the glaive was very deadly, but its usefulness diminished over time as more innovative weapons were developed.

CE 14th Century, CE 15th Century, CE 16th Century, History, Medieval Europe, Polearm, Weapon


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