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The term "longsword" is ambiguous, and refers to the "bastard sword" only where the late medieval to Renaissance context is implied.

Historical (15th to 16th century) terms for this type of sword included Spanish means "great sword"; anglicised as claymore, it came to refer to the Scottish type of longsword with v-shaped crossguard.

Historical terminology overlaps with that applied to the Zweihänder sword in the 16th century: French and the English bastard sword originate in the 15th or 16th century, originally in the general sense of "irregular sword, sword of uncertain origin", but by the mid-16th century could refer to exceptionally large swords.

Additionally, as a heads up, it’s worth noting that in providing a concrete story and examples, this blog has apparently had the unintended side effect of helping a number of abuse survivors come to terms with their own relationships (and from what I understand, causing distress to some others who have not yet come to terms).

I didn’t really know what emotional abuse was when I wrote this blog, and the comments from therapists and survivors who have since taken the time to inform me have been tremendously helpful to myself and a number of other commenters.

Hans Talhoffer, a mid-15th-century German fightmaster, is probably the most prominent, using a wide variety of moves, most resulting in wrestling.

The longsword was a quick, effective, and versatile weapon capable of deadly thrusts, slices, and cuts.

Each situation is different, so I’m hesitant to offer general advice, but if things get bad enough that you fear for your wellbeing, and you feel safe enough to do so, please consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Edit: There is now an ongoing educational series exploring the forms of control and abuse apparently highlighted in this blog.

Distinct "bastard sword" hilt types developed during the first half of the 16th century.

Ewart Oakeshott distinguishes twelve different types. These all seem to have originated in Bavaria and in Switzerland.

I’m grateful to those of you who have reached out, and apologize to those who came expecting a light read and left feeling any significant measure of distress.