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Elizabethan Era Weapons. Adam Cashman Pd. 7/8 CP English. Overview. The Elizabethan Era was a time of peace, however England was still threatened by the Catholic Spanish and French. Many weapons from the Medieval period were still used.

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Elizabethan era weapons

Elizabethan Era Weapons

Adam Cashman

Pd. 7/8 CP English


Overview

Overview

  • The Elizabethan Era was a time of peace, however England was still threatened by the Catholic Spanish and French.

  • Many weapons from the Medieval period were still used.

  • The most popular weapon was the sword and all nobles were required to be skilled in fencing


Swords

Swords

  • Swords were very popular during the Elizabethan era both in battle and as a part civilian dress.

  • Large cutting swords ranging from 30 inches up to 72 inches were chosen as the weapon of choice early in the period.

  • As times changed and technology

    advanced smaller swords such as

    the rapier became popular for

    their versatility and ease of use.

Rapier

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Crossbows and long bows

Crossbows and Long Bows

  • Crossbows, also known as the arbalest, were popular during the early Elizabethan era because of their long range.

  • The arrow from a crossbow can be effective for up to 400 yards which is a very big advantage over a long bow which can only shoot about 250 yards.

  • The crossbow has almost twice the

    range of a longbow but can only

    shoot about 2 shots per minute while

    an archer with a long bow can fire

    around 12 shots per minute.

Crossbow

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Advances in weapons

Advances in Weapons

  • During the Elizabethan era the musket, the first firearm, was invented.

  • Early muskets were ignited with a match earning them the name matchlocks. It would later be replaced with the flintlock.

  • Muskets of this time had drawbacks because they took a long time to reload and were not accurate at any more than 100 yards.

  • The Queen ordered that all crossbows be replaced with muskets.


Works cited

Works Cited

  • Elizabethan Era Weapons. Free Find. Web. 13 Jan. 2012. http://www.seatofmars.com/elizabethanweapons.htm

  • Alchin, Linda. Elizabethan Era. 16 May 2005. Web. 13 Jan. 2012. http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-weapons.htm


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