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Bill
Time Period: 14th-16th century
Location: England
Common Construction: Wooden haft with steel head

The bill is an English polearm of great versatility featuring a spike on one side, a hook on the other side, and spear point on top. It developed from the agricultural pruning hook and was modified to suit a military role.

Bills vary wildly in design and sometimes the term is a catchall for multi-purpose polearms. The bill hook or bill-guisarme has an even more pronounced hook for dismounting horsemen. Identification can be extremely difficult, because there is no hard standard and the term "bill" refers to many different variations of the same type of weapon.

CE 14th Century, CE 15th Century, CE 16th Century, England, History, Polearm, Weapon


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