One handed swords used with both hands

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Shield Straps and Holding of the Shield in the Early Century - De Gueules et d'Argent Medieval Manuscript, Medieval Art, Illuminated Manuscript, Renaissance, Statues, Medieval Helmets, Nautical Flags, Berlin, 12th Century
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Eneit (Eneasroman)

Manuscript Miniatures: SBB MS. Germ. 2º282 Eneit (Eneasroman)

Two images show two-handed sword use with what is likely supposed to be single-handed swords (despite the depiction of very long handles). La Biblia Porta, c. 1225 – 1250, folii 99r, 12v, 102v, 91v, U 964, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne Lausanne, Image Shows, My World, Disney Characters, Fictional Characters, Images, Miniatures, Princess Zelda, Swords
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Two images show two-handed sword use with what is likely supposed to be single-handed swords (despite the depiction of very long handles). La Biblia Porta, c. 1225 – 1250, folii 99r, 12v, 102v, 91v, U 964, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne

Riese mit Buckler, BL Additional 24686 The Alphonso Psalter, fol. Medieval Helmets, Medieval Armor, Medieval Manuscript, Historical Art, Knights Templar, 14th Century, France, Middle Ages, Moose Art
Medieval HelmetsMedieval ManuscriptKnights TemplarMiddle Ages

Having brought down a giant by cutting his lower legs, a knight slays him with a two-handed sword blow. Marginal illustration from Add MS 24686, 17r, dated 1284 – 1316. The fully mail-clad knight wears a gilt great helm and has his shield slung on his side, suspended from a guige strap. Thus he can strike the death blow with two hands which is shown frequently in single combat of the period.

“Victory of Humility over Pride”, from the German medieval illuminated manuscript, 'Jungfrauenspiegel', or 'Speculum Virginum', circa 1200 Medieval Knight, Medieval Armor, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Manuscript, Maleficarum, Medieval Helmets, High Middle Ages, Medieval Paintings, Historical Art
Medieval ManuscriptMedieval HelmetsHigh Middle Ages

Miniature from Jungfrauenspiegel (Virgin's Mirror) of about 1140 (illustration c 1200), Germany, shows two-handed sword use and grappling, shields on the back. It is an allegory, so we have to be cautious regarding the reality of combat. Particularly the caved in helmets have been subject to debate. Early and high medieval helmets and mail are made from iron, not steel. They were softer than in the late Middle Ages. It might not have been impossible to penetrate high medieval armour.

Some more examples of two handed sword use.  Berlin, MS. Germ. 2°282, Eneit by Heinrich von Veldeke, fol. 53r (Thuringia, 1210-1220 ) Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848 Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift aka Codex Manesse, fol. 321v (Zürich, 1300 – 1340) St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, World Chronicle of Rudolf von Ems, VadSlg Ms. 302, fol. 109r (Upper Rhine area, 1310) Swiss manuscript from about 1340 Ems, Medieval Art, Ex Libris, Berlin, Warfare, Sword, Weapons, Battle, St Gallen
Ex LibrisSwordBattleSt Gallen

Some more examples of two handed sword use. Berlin, MS. Germ. 2°282, Eneit by Heinrich von Veldeke, fol. 53r (Thuringia, 1210-1220 ) Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848 Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift aka Codex Manesse, fol. 321v (Zürich, 1300 – 1340) St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, World Chronicle of Rudolf von Ems, VadSlg Ms. 302, fol. 109r (Upper Rhine area, 1310) Swiss manuscript from about 1340

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com

Using a onehanded sword with two hands

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com

Book of Hours, MS fol. - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum Fin Fun, Eslava, Arming Sword, Cloud Type, Maleficarum, Shield Design, Morgan Library, Book Of Hours, Medieval Manuscript

Using a onehanded sword with two hands

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com Arming Sword, Berlin, Two Hands, Smiley, Photo Galleries, Arms, Swords, Miniatures, Search

Using a onehanded sword with two hands

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com

Manuscript     SBB MS. Germ. 2º282 Eneit (Eneasroman) Folio     02r Dating     1210-1220 From     Thüringen, Germany Holding Institution     Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Middle Ages, Mount Rushmore, Medieval, Germany, Miniatures, Europe, Mountains, Illustration, History

Eneit (Eneasroman)

A remarkable miniature dating from the first half of the 13th century, showing an armoured horseman with his shield slung on his back, wielding his sword with both hands. This is the earliest representation of two-handed sword use that I am aware of, that is not merely a death-blow but an actual fighting technique. (Gottfried von Straßburg’s ”Tristan & Isolde“, BSB Cgm 51, f. 86v)

A remarkable miniature dating from the first half of the 13th century, showing an armoured horseman with his shield slung on his back, wielding his sword with both hands. This is the earliest representation of two-handed sword use that I am aware of, that is not merely a death-blow but an actual fighting technique. (Gottfried von Straßburg’s ”Tristan & Isolde“, BSB Cgm 51, f. 86v)

1300s

The Codex Manesse, is a Liederhandschrift (medieval songbook), the single most comprehensive source of Middle High German Minnesang poetry, written and illustrated between ca. 1304 when the main part was completed, and ca. 1340 with the addenda. Medieval World, Medieval Knight, Medieval Art, Medieval Fantasy, Medieval Drawings, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Manuscript, Renaissance, Medieval Paintings
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Sword Names

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek. Miniatures, Swords, Painting, Hands, Search, Art, Art Background, Searching, Painting Art

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek. Medieval Art, Medieval Fantasy, Crossbow, Illuminated Manuscript, Miniatures, Creative, Swords, Painting, Hands
Medieval FantasyCrossbowMiniaturesSwordsPainting

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

 et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel Morgan Library, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Letters, 14th Century, Poet, Battle, Miniatures, Roman 1, Frankfurt Germany
Medieval ManuscriptBattleMiniaturesRoman 1Frankfurt Germany

Willehalm-Kodex

Manuscript UBK 2° Ms. poet. et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio 011r Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek. Kaiser, Medieval, Miniatures, Tapestry, Swords, Search, Hands, Painting, Pirates

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

 et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel 14th Century, Poet, Medieval, Roman 1, Miniatures, Ms, Frankfurt Germany, Painting, Helmets

Willehalm-Kodex

Manuscript UBK 2° Ms. poet. et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio 012r-1 Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel

 et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel Renaissance, 14th Century, Poet, Roman 1, Navi, Frankfurt Germany, Swords, Pouches, Painting

Willehalm-Kodex

Manuscript UBK 2° Ms. poet. et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio 032r Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel

700s

Support of Early Medieval Two-Handed Swords (This likely depicts David killing Goliath with Goliath's oversized sword) Medieval Manuscript, Medieval Art, Illuminated Manuscript, Ottonian, Carolingian, Anglo Saxon, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Vikings
Medieval ManuscriptOttonianCarolingianMiddle Ages

Boulogne-sur-Mer BM MS.20, 700-799, France.

900s

A detail from Ms. Gall ca. Perizoni Leyden) - note the two handed grip of the one handed sword. Swords, Cod, Armour, Two By Two, Detail, Painting, Body Armor, Cod Fish, Painting Art

Mitä miekka voi kertoa käyttötavastaan?

Kuinka paljon miekan käyttötavasta voi kertoa pelkän ulkoasun ja käyttäytymisen perusteella? Tämä oli yksi kysymyksistä, jotka alunperin innostivat minua tutkimaan asetaitoja, joiden käytöstä ei ol…

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Shield Straps and Holding of the Shield in the Early Century - De Gueules et d'Argent Medieval Manuscript, Medieval Art, Illuminated Manuscript, Renaissance, Statues, Medieval Helmets, Nautical Flags, Berlin, 12th Century
Medieval ManuscriptMedieval Helmets

Eneit (Eneasroman)

Manuscript Miniatures: SBB MS. Germ. 2º282 Eneit (Eneasroman)

Two images show two-handed sword use with what is likely supposed to be single-handed swords (despite the depiction of very long handles). La Biblia Porta, c. 1225 – 1250, folii 99r, 12v, 102v, 91v, U 964, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne Lausanne, Image Shows, My World, Disney Characters, Fictional Characters, Images, Miniatures, Princess Zelda, Swords
Disney CharactersMiniaturesPrincess ZeldaSwords

Two images show two-handed sword use with what is likely supposed to be single-handed swords (despite the depiction of very long handles). La Biblia Porta, c. 1225 – 1250, folii 99r, 12v, 102v, 91v, U 964, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne

Support of Early Medieval Two-Handed Swords (This likely depicts David killing Goliath with Goliath's oversized sword) Medieval Manuscript, Medieval Art, Illuminated Manuscript, Ottonian, Carolingian, Anglo Saxon, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Vikings
Medieval ManuscriptOttonianCarolingianMiddle Ages

Boulogne-sur-Mer BM MS.20, 700-799, France.

A detail from Ms. Gall ca. Perizoni Leyden) - note the two handed grip of the one handed sword. Swords, Cod, Armour, Two By Two, Detail, Painting, Body Armor, Cod Fish, Painting Art

Mitä miekka voi kertoa käyttötavastaan?

Kuinka paljon miekan käyttötavasta voi kertoa pelkän ulkoasun ja käyttäytymisen perusteella? Tämä oli yksi kysymyksistä, jotka alunperin innostivat minua tutkimaan asetaitoja, joiden käytöstä ei ol…

The Codex Manesse, is a Liederhandschrift (medieval songbook), the single most comprehensive source of Middle High German Minnesang poetry, written and illustrated between ca. 1304 when the main part was completed, and ca. 1340 with the addenda. Medieval World, Medieval Knight, Medieval Art, Medieval Fantasy, Medieval Drawings, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Manuscript, Renaissance, Medieval Paintings
Medieval FantasyMedieval DrawingsMedieval Manuscript

Sword Names

Riese mit Buckler, BL Additional 24686 The Alphonso Psalter, fol. Medieval Helmets, Medieval Armor, Medieval Manuscript, Historical Art, Knights Templar, 14th Century, France, Middle Ages, Moose Art
Medieval HelmetsMedieval ManuscriptKnights TemplarMiddle Ages

Having brought down a giant by cutting his lower legs, a knight slays him with a two-handed sword blow. Marginal illustration from Add MS 24686, 17r, dated 1284 – 1316. The fully mail-clad knight wears a gilt great helm and has his shield slung on his side, suspended from a guige strap. Thus he can strike the death blow with two hands which is shown frequently in single combat of the period.

“Victory of Humility over Pride”, from the German medieval illuminated manuscript, 'Jungfrauenspiegel', or 'Speculum Virginum', circa 1200 Medieval Knight, Medieval Armor, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Manuscript, Maleficarum, Medieval Helmets, High Middle Ages, Medieval Paintings, Historical Art
Medieval ManuscriptMedieval HelmetsHigh Middle Ages

Miniature from Jungfrauenspiegel (Virgin's Mirror) of about 1140 (illustration c 1200), Germany, shows two-handed sword use and grappling, shields on the back. It is an allegory, so we have to be cautious regarding the reality of combat. Particularly the caved in helmets have been subject to debate. Early and high medieval helmets and mail are made from iron, not steel. They were softer than in the late Middle Ages. It might not have been impossible to penetrate high medieval armour.

Some more examples of two handed sword use.  Berlin, MS. Germ. 2°282, Eneit by Heinrich von Veldeke, fol. 53r (Thuringia, 1210-1220 ) Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848 Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift aka Codex Manesse, fol. 321v (Zürich, 1300 – 1340) St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, World Chronicle of Rudolf von Ems, VadSlg Ms. 302, fol. 109r (Upper Rhine area, 1310) Swiss manuscript from about 1340 Ems, Medieval Art, Ex Libris, Berlin, Warfare, Sword, Weapons, Battle, St Gallen
Ex LibrisSwordBattleSt Gallen

Some more examples of two handed sword use. Berlin, MS. Germ. 2°282, Eneit by Heinrich von Veldeke, fol. 53r (Thuringia, 1210-1220 ) Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848 Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift aka Codex Manesse, fol. 321v (Zürich, 1300 – 1340) St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, World Chronicle of Rudolf von Ems, VadSlg Ms. 302, fol. 109r (Upper Rhine area, 1310) Swiss manuscript from about 1340

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek. Miniatures, Swords, Painting, Hands, Search, Art, Art Background, Searching, Painting Art

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek. Medieval Art, Medieval Fantasy, Crossbow, Illuminated Manuscript, Miniatures, Creative, Swords, Painting, Hands
Medieval FantasyCrossbowMiniaturesSwordsPainting

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

 et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel Morgan Library, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Letters, 14th Century, Poet, Battle, Miniatures, Roman 1, Frankfurt Germany
Medieval ManuscriptBattleMiniaturesRoman 1Frankfurt Germany

Willehalm-Kodex

Manuscript UBK 2° Ms. poet. et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio 011r Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek. Kaiser, Medieval, Miniatures, Tapestry, Swords, Search, Hands, Painting, Pirates

Weltchronik & Marienleben

WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben, Folio 149v, 1300-1350. From Lower, Austria. Holding Institution Württembergische Landesbibliothek.

 et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel 14th Century, Poet, Medieval, Roman 1, Miniatures, Ms, Frankfurt Germany, Painting, Helmets

Willehalm-Kodex

Manuscript UBK 2° Ms. poet. et roman. 1 Willehalm-Kodex Folio 012r-1 Dating 1334 From Frankfurt, Germany Holding Institution Universität Kassel

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com

Using a onehanded sword with two hands

Using a onehanded sword with two hands -- myArmoury.com