The battle-ax was developed in A.D. 500. The first version, the francisca, was named after Frankish warriors who used them against the Romans.

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The Battle-Ax

By William McPeak

The shafted ax has been around since 6000 bc, in both peaceful and warlike uses. The so-called battle-ax cultures (3200 to 1800 bc) extended over much of northern Europe from the late Stone Age through the early Bronze Age. Read more