This is the first in Freya's new series on weaponry, and this episode focuses on the axe, looking at its development from the first appearance of stone axes circa 2.6 million years ago to the medieval battle axe.
Replica Danish axe head, Petersen Type L or Type M, based on original from Tower of London. Forged by Bronze Lion.
In this section of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, a Saxon housecarl (left) is using a two-handed battle axe. Unfortunately, this means he cannot use his shield, which is slung across his back. Note that he is also using the axe left-handed, which means the blows would come on the undefended side of his opponent.
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