The military flail is a hand weapon in which the handle is attached to the striking part of weapon by a flexible chain or cord.
Throughout the Middle-Ages, agricultural flails were sometimes employed
as an improvised weapon by peasant armies conscripted into military
service or engaged in popular uprisings.
16th century peasant rebels. For example, in the 1420-1434 period, the
Hussites fielded large numbers of peasant foot soldiers armed with
flails. These weapons often featured anti-personnel studs or spikes
embedded in the striking end, so they were not always simple
agricultural tools snatched up in a hurry by rural insurrectionists:
they could be purpose-built instruments of warfare, too, fashioned with
professional skill by proper weapon-smiths.
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