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Lloyd learned something interesting about the famous Frankish throwing axe, the francisca, when he and his re-enactor friends actually threw some replicas:
When a francisca hits the ground, it bounces randomly like a rugby ball.
A man might carry a bundle of javelins, whereas he is unlikely to carry more than one francisca.
My view of the francisca changed rapidly when I went on a dark-age re-enactment weekend in the Lake District.
In the dialect of the Alars, if it is of interest, this particular type of ax is called the francisca.
By contrast, a francisca can’t be thrown very quickly, gains a lot from a run-up, and spins around in flight, making the whole process rather approximate, and will seldom hit the target point-first.
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