Melee WeaponsSwords - Most famous weapons. Associated with knights and chivalry Single-handed: Accompanied by a shield, light. Could not penetrate heavy armor until later. Good against unarmored units. Were not cleaned thus infections common Two handed: Much heavier. Units carrying these were heavily armored to compensate for lack of shield. Slow, but powerful. Could cut a man in two, armor included.
Melee Weapons (cont.)Hammers - were another of the many weapons used. Could knockover an enemy with armor. Variations became more effective, thoughstill no match for two-handed sword. Thus, used by mainly poor orunder-supplied soldiersDaggers - small, sharp blades. Used as a backup for armored units,but mainly archers in close contact. Could penetrate light armor; killinstantly if no armor present
Archers Bows - most common long ranged weapon. Included Regular bow - most standard, was effective and could be fired quickly Long bow - developed by the English. Longer, more powerful, killed in a single shot, became popular because of this Crossbow - came later. So effective it was banned, but used anyway. Could shoot and kill a moving target easily