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A '''Francisca''' (or '''Frankish Axe''') is a small throwing [[axe]] with a unique, upward-projecting head.  The graceful curves of this axehead make it ideal for [[thrown weapon|throwing]], as the curve of the axehead concentrates tremendous force on the point of impact.
 
A '''Francisca''' (or '''Frankish Axe''') is a small throwing [[axe]] with a unique, upward-projecting head.  The graceful curves of this axehead make it ideal for [[thrown weapon|throwing]], as the curve of the axehead concentrates tremendous force on the point of impact.
  
The francisca is a specifically [[Frank|Frankish]] weapon, but was used commonly across western [[Europe]].  Typically franciscas would be thrown ''en masse'' at an enemy shieldwall in the last few seconds of a charge, shattering (or at least encumbering), [[shield]]s and killing, maiming, or at least intimidating, enough of the enemy to give an advantage in the crucial first seconds of a [[melee]].
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The francisca is a specifically [[Frank|Frankish]] [[weapon]], but was used commonly across western [[Europe]].  Typically franciscas would be thrown ''en masse'' at an enemy [[shieldwall]] in the last few seconds of a charge, shattering (or at least encumbering), [[shield]]s and killing, maiming, or at least intimidating, enough of the enemy to give an advantage in the crucial first seconds of a [[melee]].
  
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Latest revision as of 00:34, 24 April 2006

A Francisca (or Frankish Axe) is a small throwing axe with a unique, upward-projecting head. The graceful curves of this axehead make it ideal for throwing, as the curve of the axehead concentrates tremendous force on the point of impact.

The francisca is a specifically Frankish weapon, but was used commonly across western Europe. Typically franciscas would be thrown en masse at an enemy shieldwall in the last few seconds of a charge, shattering (or at least encumbering), shields and killing, maiming, or at least intimidating, enough of the enemy to give an advantage in the crucial first seconds of a melee.