Medieval Weapons Category

The Writer’s Guide to Arrows: Part 1

Types & Construction I’ve been spending a lot of time discussing bows but of course the bow is pretty worthless without arrows, which we will be diving into today. Just like bows, modern arrows differ significantly from historical arrows. As always, magic is the exception to the rules. Because magic. Arrow Terminology Shaft – The […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Bows: Part 5

Miscellaneous This is the last in my series on bows before we move on to arrows. Today we are busting myths! There is so much misinformation being spread by books, television, and movies. Some of it’s completely false while the rest is true of modern bows but not traditional or historical bows. As always, magic […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Bows: Part 4

Use in Battle & Construction Today I will be covering the use of bows in battle as well as maintenance and construction. There is a lot more to using archers in battle then lining them up and having them shoot. Also, the tactics used in an open field battle are different from the siege of […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Bows: Part 3

Poundage, Range, Rate of Fire & Training In the third part of my five-part series on bows, I will be covering some more bits of critical information if you are writing an archer, especially if you’re doing a battle scene. As always, magic is the exception to the rules. Because magic. Poundage Probably one of […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Bows: Part 2

Stringing & Shooting Today is my second part in my five-part series on bows. I will be covering more of the basics of shooting so that you are better equipped to write about them in your fiction. If you have the chance, I highly encourage you to try archery out for yourself. Experience is really […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Bows: Part 1

Terms & Types The bow has almost as much mythology surrounding it as the sword. There are several high profile literary and cinematic archers including Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games,” Legolas from “The Lord of the Rings,” and Hawkeye from the Marvel Universe. This, of course, is not getting into the many retellings and […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Self-Defense Weapons

This week we continue our exploration of common medieval weapons other than the sword with a focus on day-to-day use and self-defense. For those who could afford them, swords were the most popular choice for a self-defense weapon because they are portable, effective, and can be used in close quarters. However, some cities had laws […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Battlefield Weapons

I hope you have enjoyed my previous posts on sword myths. Today we will be moving on to other common medieval weapons with a focus on those used on the battlefield. Although swords are synonymous with fantasy and a lot of historical fiction, they were not used excessively in battle during the Middle Ages. There […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Swords: Part 2

I hope you enjoyed my last blog post on swords. If you have not read it you can find it here. Today we will be tackling three more common pieces of misinformation regarding swords. As in my first post I will be focusing on medieval European swords since most fantasy is inspired by this period […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Medieval Swords: Part 1

Swords are almost synonymous with the fantasy genre

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