The Medieval Lance was an interesting polearm with a few different variations.
The first and most popular type of lance is the extremely long handled lance that was used by Jousting knights in tournaments. This type of lance could exceed 20 feet in length and typically had a modified point so as not to seriously injure an opponent.
But lances were also used in real combat and they too could reach lengths of up to 14 feet. They had a combat point that was made to penetrate armor.
Lances were often used by groups of soldiers to form a barrier much like the quills of a porcupine.
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