Excellent blog on swords, which are very relevant to Romeo and Juliet
Toby Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, The Wallace Collection
When we think of rapiers we usually imagine the ‘flashing blades’ of Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, and other Hollywood swashbucklers. The modern understanding of swords is however littered with misconceptions.
Medieval swords are usually stereotyped as heavy and cumbersome while rapiers are thought of as feather-light and lightning-fast. But actually it is just the reverse: medieval swords tend to be very light and agile while real rapiers, at least in the 16th century, tended to be quite heavy and, to an untutored hand, often seem very ungainly.
The proper use of any weapon depends on the user being trained in the specific fighting technique which relates to it. A sword is inseparable…
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