Q&A: What are the policies/methods to medieval sword combating?

by admin on July 5, 2012

Problem by Nimway: What are the rules/strategies to medieval sword combating?
I am composing a scene with a swordfight in Medieval placing. A two-handed sword is used for this fight and it is to the demise. What is essential for the victor to know in regards to stance, motion, use of the sword. What guidelines or knowledge does he need to have? Is there any psychology that he may possibly need to have or tips from an skilled that may help him win this combat?
Thanks to those who answered. If a two handed sword is also large, would a prolonged sword be best in this sort of a combat? If utilizing a extended sword, what would be the finest tips you could give a nobleman who ought to acquire this battle and, if there are essential conditions to use, what are they?

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Solution by Aaron4me
this depends on the character. If it is a noble character then the approach would be distinct from a person let say a barbarian. A barbarian would cost at far more of a offensive style. 1 of noble blood would be taught a lot more of a defensive strategy. Be far more certain

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Vince M July 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

If you intend to accurately describe a fight to the death, then there would be no rules and style mattered little. One poked or slashed his foe before he was poked or slashed.

As far as technique: A double handed sword is such because it would be very, very heavy. Such a weapon is more of a pounding, hammer of a tool than as a real edged or thrusting sword. If the combatants are armored, the edge or point does very little. The enemy is beaten down, then, when helpless, choped to pieces.

Psychology? Watch the enemy. Anticipate his moves. Do not be suckered into committing a movement to parry a feint. People died because they had their weight on the wrong foot, anticipating a blow that came from another direction. A two handed sword does not change direction very fast. And, once in motion, is hard to stop.

As often as not, a fight was brought to and end because one fighter tired before the other. Also, no “time outs” or “do-overs” in real combat.

lupinesidhe July 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

In addition to Aaron’s answer, you also need to take into account what kind of sword he’s using (bastard, long sword, claymore, ect…..each of these are two handed but they all have their own styles and techniques associated with them). Where is he from, geographically? All of these things will affect the way that your hero will fight.

roger m July 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

First Rule is to terminate the threat I don’t think there was/is any more than that Kill your opponent so he/she can’t kill you A two handed sword is not a good choice you need one free to hold some sort of sheild or blocking device. The way to win the fight is to fight like your life depends on it simple as that be the attacker agressor

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