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Clerics and blunt weapons

Discussion in 'Dungeons & Dragons + Other RPGs' started by LKD, Feb 21, 2003.

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    This is a general AD&D question I wanted to get out there -- I read a long time ago that the Cleric's restriction to blunt weapons had a historical basis. Can anyone tell me what it was? Was it the Templars? The Hospitalars? The Masons? Who? If you could point me toward a book or article about the actual proscription that existed in medieval times, I'd sure appreciate it.
     
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    I believe that the oath of priests in the Catholic Church prohibited them from "wielding swords" and "drawing blood". So they just circumvented the oath by wielding maces.

    I did research on Knights about two weeks ago for English, and I turned that up somewhere. I'll try to get the name of the book to you, if you like; I'm pretty sure the author's name is Morris Bishop.
     
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    Yeah, because when you crush a man's skull with a mace, he won't bleed... :rolleyes:

    Silly Medievallers :grin:
     
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    Well, you wouldn't so much be "drawing blood" as causing it to spew forth in the wake of your cudgel. There's a difference...

    Maybe they just thought swords were for sissies?
     
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    I can't remember the referances right now but any book on knighthood should have them. Only a noble could own a sword, and his ouths were sworn on his sword. Since a cleric could not swear an outh of fealty to an earthly lord he could not weild one by the code of the time.
     
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