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Lance
Time Period: 3rd century BCE to 17th century CE
Common Construction: Wood

Although the term lance originally referred to throwing spears, in the modern day it refers to a type of spear used by cavalry, while throwing spears are referred to as javelins. There are two main types of lance, the jousting lance designed for sport, and the military lance.

Military lances are generally very strong and heavy, and are unsuited for use with infantry or in a general melee. The lance was used during the initial charge, and then discarded in favor of a more suitable weapon for combat in close quarters.

Jousting lances are blunted, meaning they don't have a sharp point on the end. Some had wider striking surfaces or were hollowed, all designed to knock the target off his horse without killing him.

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