Mace-Medieval Weapons

Medieval Mace is one of the very earliest of weapons from the Middle Ages. It dates back as early as the war hammer or possibly even earlier. It was something that could be constructed reasonably easy without too much weapon building skill.

History of mace:

Maces were used by a different cultures from prehistoric times.

Sample locations and times:

Prehistoric times, precolumbian America, Africa, ancient Egypt, medieval Europe. Latest mass use of maces was during ww1.

Mace use:

The earliest maces had heavy objects attached to the end rather than metal blades or spikes. The overwhelming usefulness of the mace was its ability to generate enormous swinging force that could bring a tremendous blow to an opponent. This is why it had a heavy end. It generated more force than a sword. As weapons, armor, and metal working skills developed over the centuries the mace also developed many ingenious ways to cope by the use of spikes or blades that could pierce or even slice through armor. It was also very economical to make.

Common opinion is mace was a peasant weapon. This is not true, mace was widely used also by knights because its capability to penetrate any armor and cause a serious wounds even without armor penetrating.

Types of mace:

One handed mace, two handed mace, flanged mace, spiked mace. Flail is often classified as a type of mace what is not too correct.

Pictures of maces

Flanged Mace - medieval weapons
Flanged Mace

Spiked mace - medieval weapons
Spiked mace

Two handed mace - medieval weapons
Two handed mace

Jan Zizka with a mace - a Hussite general - John Zizka of Trocnov
Jan Zizka with a mace - a Hussite general

Medieval Mace Video

Maces for sale

4 Comments

  1. Nice; but I’m pretty sure that’s a myth about priests using maces “so as not to spill blood”. The tv show “Conquest” isn’t exactly the best source for hard information.

    • I agree the show is not the best source, really. I picked the video because it was simply funny. I agree hard info is very good but it does not means there is something wrong with humor:)

      BTW: Your comment about monks is true. Mace was a favourite weapon of numerous knight as there were no real protection against it. Even full plate armor was not enough. Mace was able to kill or to breake your bones without penetration of this armor.

      Regards:)

  2. Great post, I always found maces to be unique weapons here is a site that sells a battle Flail which is a relative to the mace and share common traits, if you or anyone is interested of course.

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