Post by Lynn McGuire
Wizard of Id: Social Distancing Knights
Shoot, I doubt that they can hold up those eight foot broadswords for
more than a few minutes with one hand. And I doubt that they can even
swing the broadswords with one hand.
I think we can assume that are six feet long, not eight. If they
were more like four feet, they would be greatswords and wielded
by both hands. Anything really huge, swords or maces or what
not, would have been for ceremonial use, not actual fighting.
And thereby hangs a tale.
Back in the sixties, when students at many universities were
protesting things like the war in Vietname, Columbia University
was holding its graduation exercises, and there was a ceremonial
procession of senior faculty and administration up to the podium.
One of these worthies was a professor emeritus of history, who
was carrying the official Mace of the University. This was a
long handle with a round knob on its top end.
A student decided to charge into the line and make trouble. So
the professor emeritus of history swung the ceremonial mace and
conked the student over the head. I don't think the guy was
badly hurt, but it brought him down and the procession could
proceed while the campus cops hauled the protestor away.
The professor explained to the press afterwards that the mace
was a symbolic rendering of a real mace, which would have been a
club for hitting one's opponents over the head.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com