80. Of the Hurt and Ward of the JavelinΒΆ

The self same ward, shalbe framed with the Javelin, as with the Halberd. And because, of necessity, the weapons will be entangled, I say, the very same thrusts shall be given therewith, as are delivered with the Halberd. And because the edge of the Javelin is weak, and the pacing which is made when the weapons are fastened, is only profitable for the giving of the edge blow: Therefore in handling of the Javelin, this entangling or fastening is by all means possible to be avoided. But when a man is to strike his enemy, let him first prove, to beat off his Javelin, and then to force on a thrust, in this manner.

Finding the enemy’s Javelin to be within, (by within, I understand, when the Javelin is between the enemy’s arms, or against them) then he must force it outwards, and drive a thrust with his own Javelin, at the length of the staff (without moving of his feet) at the enemy’s face. Finding it without, he ought to beat it backwards, and increasing a pace, to launch out the Javelin at the enemy’s face, at the length of the staff and arm, immediately retiring his pace, and hand, and afterwards settle himself in the same low ward.

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