Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q Is For Quarrel...

Quarrel, no, not the fight. But it is used in fighting.

Quarrel ~ short square headed bolt or arrow used in a crossbow.

Quillon ~ cross guard on a sword. This term was not used until the sixteenth century so is inappropriate when describing swords prior to around 1530. The original cross guard, or simply cross, is usually used prior to that date.

Quintain ~ dummy with a shield mounted on a post. Used in combat training.

Quarterstaff ~ A quarterstaff (plural quarterstaves), also short staff or simply staff is a traditional European pole weapon and a technique of stick fighting, especially as in use in England during the Early Modern period. The term is generally accepted to refer to a shaft of hardwood from 6 to 9 feet (1.8 to 2.7 m) long, sometimes with a metal tip, ferrule, or spike at one or both ends. The term "short staff" compares this to the "long staff" based on the pike with a length in excess of 11 to 12 feet (3.4 to 3.7 m).

Wow, I'm amazed at what I came up with for Q, how about you?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wouldn't it be cool to set up a Quintain? I'd feel better after lopping off his head a few times.

Mel Chesley said...

I would love to have a Quintain! I'd feel better as well. :D

Sally @ Breaking Cover said...

Hi, just returning your visit. So many Q words! Will certainly be looking in again. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

Anonymous said...

Q is a tough letter whether for A to Z, or even worse in Scrabble. Nice useful weaponry - thanks. Knew that Q was for Quest but too obvious. Went for Quisling instead: