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Francisca (also known as the Francesca)
Time Period: 6th-9th century
Location: England, France
Common Construction: Wooden haft with an iron blade

The francisca is a throwing axe that was used by the Franks. It is very top heavy and the axe is not always meant to be thrown in the normal vertical tradition of throwing knives and axes. The francisca can be thrown at an angle so that it would hit the ground and bounce up at odd angles to maim the legs of the enemy. Typically half the unit would throw the axe vertically and the other half would throw the axe with intent to bounce. This created panic and confusion among the soldiers on the receiving end. Although the effective throwing range was only 40 feet, the francisca is considered one of the most deadly weapons of the old world.

Axe, CE 06th Century, CE 07th Century, CE 08th Century, CE 09th Century, England, France, History, Medieval Europe, Thrown, Weapon


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