GOEDENDAG

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From the late 13th century to the early 14th century, France was at war with the Flanders. Because France was a military superpower in the Middle Ages, you might think that the Flemish stand no chance against them. However, the Flemish peasants and militia had a secret weapon up their sleeve, the goedendag. The goedendag was a large spiked club that could impale, hammer, and slash. The word “goedendag” means “good day”, which implies that the Flemish had a sense of humor when it comes to fighting. It allowed the Flemish to defeat the heavily armed French in skirmishes such as the Battle of the Golden Spurs. I am thinking of giving these weapons a prominent appearance in the third volume of my fantasy series during a rebellion against the Imperial Crown.

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