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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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