Medieval weapons and body type

In historical fiction and fantasy, authors often make some assumptions about ideal weapons for a given body type. The idea that many subscribe to is very basic: close combat = large and muscular, ranged combat = skinny/lithe. That is why women (and elves) are given bows, while men (and dwarves) use a variety of close-combat weapons such as swords, warhammers, mallets, mallets-portrayed-as-warhammers etc. Men wielding warhammers are often portrayed as particularly large and muscular. Problem is, those ideas are bullshit. Below, explanation will be given why and how, as well as what weapons will particular groups use. That being said, … Continue reading Medieval weapons and body type