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While its likely cavalrymen would used a lance when charging, many Carolingian literary sources made a, ahem, point of mentioning their swords. Cavalrymen were the only ones rich enough to afford them. The longsword, which was doubled-edged and tapered, was popular during Charlemagne’s reign before the sax, a singleedged iron sword, became de rigueur in later years.