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Broadsword

 

a silent cutting and thrusting weapon. Its blade was straight, long (about 85 cm), and single-edged, becoming double-edged at the end. From the 18th century it was worn in a metal scabbard.

The broadsword appeared in the 16th century to replace the ordinary sword. In the Russian Army, cuirassier regiments of the guards cavalry were armed with the broadsword. It was worn on a sword belt. The broadsword was eliminated as armament in the late 19th century.

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THE driver won gasps of admiration from my wife by lifting her wheeled suitcase into the boot on the side of his coach with a single flick of a wrist as wide as a Viking broad sword and flecked with blond hair.
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But Arthur says it shouldn't be taken at face value and still considers himself a Catholic, although fervent Catholicism and Republicanism receive the broad sword of his humour.
Nevertheless, should a resuscitated brigade of the Knights Templar burst into the studio where an anti-Christian play was being staged and batter to death the actors with battle axes and broad swords, I should be as appalled as I am by the atrocity in Paris early this year--and as gratified by the apprehension of the perpetrators.
In reality, the Middle Ages was one big soft-play area, with trampolines replaced by broad swords and ball ponds swapped for horses.
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