Category: history






TIL if you polish an ancient sword that’s been used in battle, even a 2000 year old sword, it literally bleeds out the blood of the people it’s been used on, which “smells like a steak cooking”.


cool and definitely not cursed!

This article is pretty neat:

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Bronze casket with silver inlays, late 12th century–early 13th century, from Khorasan, Iran. [3120×2600]



Tulip Fever (2017) (click to enlarge)

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fun fact! while that move is mainly for show now, it originated from when we used horses in wars and battles so they trained the horses to do this and absolutely obliterate anyone behind them

(yes that means someone would be on the horse while it does this)

It’s one of the highest level dressage movements, isn’t trained in many horses now days(not needed and requires an incredibly fit horse to do) but the Spanish Riding School has high level horses trained like this(second photo is from there)

Ok so I’ve read conflicting info on the purpose of this move, can anyone verify / source the use?

You mean used in battle vs. l‘art pour l‘art?

It‘s kind of both.

While all the moves‘ original use was on the battlefield, they were certainly not this exaggerated and perfected. While it was handy if your horse could kick out or go into levade in battle, the grade of lowering the haunches was probably not of importance at that moment.

The moves you can see at the riding schools are from a time where riding academies/schools for the royals were popular and the main goal of the masters was a healthy horse. They perfected the moves onto a level where they strengthened the horse and while theoretically they could go into battle, i doubt anyone willingly send a horse (and rider) on whose education they spent 10+ years. 😬

Anyways, the schooling was done until perfection, so the horse could, in the worst case, move without harming himself.

Still existing versions of this would be old-californian vaquero (Jeff Sanders is a good example) or spanish vaquero or those riders from Carmargue. They train their horses in (higher) dressage to have a reliable and long-living horse for herding.


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The iron hand of Götz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), a knight and mercenary who lost his right arm in a siege [640×360]

points about this

-it was shot off by a cannon

-he continued being a knight for over 40 years after getting the iron hand

-it was delicate enough he could still write with a quill using it, which is important as he was described as a ‘warrior poet’

-after a merchant-punching life suitable for an elder scrolls protagonist he was outlawed by the holy roman empire, friends of his used a high diplomacy roll and a bribe to get him out, and he then almost immediately kidnapped a bishop

-after outlaw of the holy roman empire 2 electric boogaloo was placed under house arrest in a castle he had purchased with all his quest rewards to spend the next 20 years drunk off his ass

I can’t believe you’d make this post and not mention that his poetry contains the first known usage of the phrase “lick my ass”



An interesting swept-hilt Rapier, attributed to Peter Wirsberg, Solingen, Germany, ca. 1600-1620, housed at the Wallace Collection.

What are the most prominent types of polearms?

What are the most prominent types of polearms?

Well if you had to broadly categorize polearms into a few family and look at which one were used most commonly around the world, you’d end up with two categories : 

  • Spears : stabby poles, used for roughly as long as tools were a thing and well into the 19th century, even longer if you count bayonets on rifles as a type of them. Special mention for the pike, which saw extremely focused use in Europe throughout the 16th century. 
  • Glaives and Halberds : aka slashy and choppy poles, used by heavy infantry by medieval armies all over. Most of these designs are so similar that the names are borderline interchangeable if not for a strong geographical limitation, for instance a guan dao had it been made in Europe would just have been another type of glaive. Polaxes can be put in this category, a weapon similar to a halberd on the surface but in fact dedicated to armoured fighting and very popular in Western Europe.

Overall though there’s so much variety it’s hard to cover it all without writing a full page about it.

-mod Burgonet



English demi-lancer, c. 1550, by Zvonimir Grbasic

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Silver mounted jambiya, Arabian Peninsula, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House