[albanach] Re: Weapons combination
- At 10:52 17-1-2000 -0500, Diana wrote:
>> You may like to get a copy of "The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250-1400" putDiana -
>> out in the Osprey Men-At-Arms series. We sell it in the museum gift shop
>> for $12.95. It details the arms and armour, as well as military tactics of
>> the period and is very easy to comprehend. (Well illustrated). Let me
>> know if you would like me to get you a copy.
>~Please. If you could send me the total, including tax/shipping, I'll
>send you a check. Thanks!
You might want to check Campaign Headquarters, on Little Creek Rd a block
or so east of Wards Corner, in Norfolk. They usually have most of the
Osprey books in stock.
Alasdair mac Iain
Tighearn Alasdair mac Iain of Elderslie
Dun an Leomhain Bhig
Canton of Dragon's Aerie [southeastern CT]
Barony Beyond the Mountain [northern & southeastern CT]
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Argent, a chevron cotised azure surmounted by a sword and
in chief two mullets sable
- Bkwyrm@... wrote: I know that a lot of cavalry units carry/carried
their sabers in a sheath tucked between their leg and the saddle.
Assuming the broadsword isn't baskethilted, it should work?
The claymore, mostly a footsoldier's weapon, was usually carried naked over
the shoulder. The slings and such that moderns have devised are mostly just
that, modern, as concessions to safety.
One who kept such a weapon for sentimental reasons may well have had a
special sheath made for it, though, and would very likely have hung it from
his saddle, I would think toward the back, since it would seem he really
didn't mean to fight with it. Or if he did, it would be when he dismounted,
and he could unsling the sheath and draw the sword.
By teh way, I concur with Aladair's suggestion to visit Campaign
Headquarters. It's a war-gaming place, and they have lots of reference
material, including, as he said, much of the Osprey series.
- email@example.com wrote:
> If a man were mounted, is it feasible that he would carry both aclaymore strapped on his back and a broadsword strapped upon his horse?
Thank you very much in advance.
The claymore (two handed variety) is not a horseman's
weapon. I cannot recall any battle, either in England or the
Continent, in which there was a mention of mounted men using that
balde style. Carried on the back as you suggest it would, imo,
be much too cumbersome to quickly draw and would also inhibit the
ability of the rider to execute some of the deeper moves with the
normal length broadsword. It could also severely impact the
balance of the rider in a tight spot.
I have read mention of auxiliary weapons such as axes,
maces and swords being strapped to the saddle frame or even of
scabbard holders being made as part of the tree. But keep in
mind that the utility of such holders would be secondary to the
consideration of any problems them might cause the rider in the
control of his mount.
Edward Wagner's _Tracht Wehr und Waffen
1350-1450_ (Prague, 1968)(published as _Medieval Costumes, Weapons
and Armour_ in 1979 in the US of A)gives some good clear line drawings
of horse furniture and scabbard types. Mr. Wagner's work was originally published as a guide for museum staffs to do dioramas
for that one hundred year period and it has some minutiae on camp
life and accoutrements not found elsewhere. Most of the illustrations
are from central and eastern European sources and are generally
documented by their mss. of origin. A reading knowledge of
German is helpful but not absolutely necessary. (N.B. Aside
from the Scots, the more likely theatre of operations one would
find a two handed sword would be that of central and eastern
Europe among the mercenary companies of the period.)
I hope the foregoing will be of some assistance.