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Quarterstaff

Middle Ages - Lords and Ladies

Description of Quarterstaff
The weapons used during the Middle Ages include the Quarterstaff. The description of the Quarterstaff which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • Quarterstaff - This weapon consisted of a long shaft of hardwood

  • The shaft consisted of a long, thick pole measuring between 6 - 9 feet (1.83 to 2.75 metres)
  • Quarterstaffs were sometimes reinforced with metal tips usually made of iron
  • Used as a close contact weapon with thrusting, sweeping, clubbing or striking actions
  • A blow could apply tremendous force cracking a mans head, or bones if unprotected
  • The weapon was primarily used for bludgeoning an opponent. It was used both to deliver crushing blows, and also to thrust like a spear
  • Type or group of weapons - Bludgeoning Weapon
  • The Quarterstaff was also known by names such Stave or Balkstaff

Quarterstaff Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The training required by a Foot Soldier to use the Quarterstaff :

  • Training method - The training method practised in the use of the Quarterstaff was strenuous requiring great agility. Practise and training might include the use of a revolving platform. A pole was fixed on the revolving platform and heavy horizontal wooden rods at head and foot height were attached to the pole. Men had to jump and duck whilst standing on the revolving platform to avoid being struck
  • Men were taught how to whirl the heavy pole as a form of defence against an attack making it impossible for the enemy to launch an offensive
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