Marcus Woodhouse wrote:The bardische is one of those weapons that is more popular among re-enactors then density should allow. My own research points to it being reasonably common (in illustartions-not finds) throughout Europe in the middle of the 14th century and then it reappears almost solely in Northern and eartern europe at the end of the 15th century, however its second appearence seems to show it more as a low status weapon (often dipicted by men carrying spears as well).
All so true.
In my defence, I'd never seen one before I bought it, that's how uncommon they were.
If my undeserved reputation with the weapon has been even partly responsible for it's spread, I appologise.
There still aren't that many out there.
I recall (and this was nearly ten years ago, so I couldn't tell you where, or how) that I provinanced a bardiche to England in the 14thC. That evidence might, or might not, reach my higher standard of proof now.
Certainly they were more common in Eastern Europe early in the 15thC, and those were mostly also "commoners" weapons.
Finds, and I think the two in a case above show one of each, range from unbalanced, rustic axes to better made, balanced weapons.