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Up until the 13th century, the knobbed and cylindrical varieties of mace were used in battle but in the 12th century the flanged mace became particularly common. The flanged mace, the design of which involved edges of metal which jutted out, was specifically good for causing a lot of damage on even the heaviest armor.

Chainmail and armor were usually difficult to pierce with a sword or an arrow, but even though it was possible to penetrate such armor with this mace, there was no need for this tactic when a blow from this weapon was force enough to be lethal. An attack with a mace could also knock the wind out of an enemy soldier, so giving the wielder of such a weapon time to increase his attack.

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