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"End Him Rightly" - A bizarre tactic in a Medieval fighting manual (Gladiatoria MS KK5013)

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Published on Dec 5, 2014

If you want to mess 'em up, unscrew your pommel and throw it! Wait... what??

This is a really strange "technique" shown in manuscript KK5013, which is part of the Gladiatoria, a German series of manuscripts from the 15th century. They deal with armored combat in a judicial duel, armed with spear, longsword, buckler and dagger.

This seems to be evidence of swords with threaded pommels as early as the late Middle Ages, and it's also a really strange and apparently utterly impractical idea for catching your opponent off guard. I cannot imagine that anyone could possibly pull this off successfully.

http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Gladiatori...

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