The Crossguard #2: Who needs to Protect the Hand in a Sword Fight?

This is the second post on my article series on the development of hand protection in sword fights. The first one was some myth-busting, explaining, why the Crossguard was no design of the Christian faith. There are some more myths to bust. Let us start with the two most common to which I added a … Continue reading The Crossguard #2: Who needs to Protect the Hand in a Sword Fight?

The Tafur: the Man-Eaters and their Famous Shield

Little is known about a shield that appeared in the 11th century and disappeared in the 14th century. The shield was called "talevaces" (English), "taneva s, talevart, tolfaces" (French), or "talebart" (Spanish). There are very few sources mentioning the shield but they are geographically largely distributed for such a an item. The first mentioning of shields of this term is found along the chronicles of the crusades, and the research does not really start, when a gruesome group pops up: the Tafurs.