The Crusaders fought real

• The true crusaders fought

November 27, 1095 Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont says so fiery sermon that all knightly Europe is uniting in unison - to recapture the Holy Sepulcher from the accursed Saracens. Thus began the First Crusade, which, among other things, had a significant influence on the development of weapons and equipment of the time. But, what the real Crusaders preferred strike the enemy.

The Crusaders fought real

Romanesque sword

This type of European sword was very common in the late Middle Ages. In Western Europe, they owned exclusively by representatives of the knightly class - for expensive and, frankly, not very functional. "Romance" swords were used rather as an auxiliary weapon, however, it is an important characteristic of the knightly status of the owner.

The Crusaders fought real

Spear

Cavalry lance was the main weapon of the cavalry. At the end of the XII century knights guessed push the spear to the body, which gave the capture of greater rigidity and delivers incredible punching power. Clashes with the cavalry to the western Saracens were akin to the thunder of the Lord.

The Crusaders fought real

Battle Ax

But for melee knight-crusader preferred to use a good old battle-ax. Norman ax pierced almost all types of armor, one good punch could knock the opponent out of the saddle, and walking lightly armed warrior and did break up into two halves. Already after the first crusade Western soldiers have changed the blade axes Norman, borrowing more functional form of the eastern peoples.

The Crusaders fought real

Morgenstern

Due to the simplicity of the design is suicidal for the power of guns was very common among the commoners, but the Knights used it with pleasure. The Crusaders also preferred to use a cavalry version of the "morning star", with a short handle.

The Crusaders fought real

Crossbow

For protection against enemy infantry Knights exhibited before the horse archers line formation, which gave several volleys and constructed so as to skip the attacking cavalry. Riders Crusaders used the crossbow: they surpassed bows in range and accuracy of fire, and could boast a greater penetrating power.