Choose the right lance

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While size isn’t ev­ery­thing, in joust­ing it does count for a lot. In fact, one knight, Marx Walther, ap­par­ently liked to carry a ridicu­lously large lance with a young boy sat on it just to prove his strength be­fore a tour­na­ment. A wiser choice for most would per­haps have been one of the fol­low­ing va­ri­eties of lance.

A. The heavy lance

This lance was typ­i­cally around three me­tres long and made of solid ash wood 2.5 cen­time­tres thick. It was de­signed for the shock of cavalry col­li­sions on the bat­tle­field.

B. Coronal

A blunt, pronged crown placed on the tip of the lance, the coronal helped to catch the shield of the op­po­nent and made un­hors­ing them eas­ier. It also made pen­e­trat­ing ar­mour less likely.

C. Bour­donasse

This hol­low lance was used in jousts af­ter 1500. Up to 3.6 me­tres long, it splin­tered eas­ily on con­tact, mak­ing for much more dra­matic but safer com­bats.

D. War lance

A heavy lance with a sharp metal tip de­signed to pierce ar­mour, the war lance was known to be deadly if ac­cu­rate con­tact was made with the op­po­nent.

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