Cord of the 15th century used in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland.
Kord ON, this is an independent type of weapon. As Yuri Bohan writes in his article “The structure of the Grand Duchy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the second half of the 14th – 15th centuries” the cord was indicated as an independent type of infantry weaponry in the legal documents of 1458. So the decree (snatched) of one from the Greater Poland Seymiks of 1458, demanded that people who did not have income from the «chynsha», straighten out every 20 «lan», infantry with a shield, helmet and cord. Also in the Statute of 1529, as a normatively fixed weapon of the principality’s soldiers, a sword and a cord were listed. In turn, in the Statute of the Grand Duchy of 1588, the cord is mentioned repeatedly and acts as an independent type of weapon along with a saber and a sword. So in section 1, Art. 9 says: “So that we can see before us, [c] from [to] d [a] rem, cord, chablis, for he took out and wounded some other armor, he spends his throat.”, In the same section of Art. 10 «… so go to the palace and our courtyard, as if walking around the place with greedy and armored armor, clanging with handbrake, garcabus and bow, and with other greedy shooting, a window of sword, cord, chablis, daggers, and injected armor. «. Further, in section 4, Article 64 of the Statute, it is said: “A tow of cord, an Albo Chablis sword and a kind of ring of armor would be obtained in the custom of the order, and even if it had not been wounded, a hand was wasted.” All the aforementioned legally binding norms regarding the cord indicate its wide distribution and independence in relation to the sword and saber.
In the army, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was in service with the infantry and artillery until the end of the 17th century. In the Russian army from the 2nd half of the XVIII century. by the middle of the 19th century was armed with infantry, artillery and other troops. Some modern armies have bayonets in the form of hatchets …
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