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  • n. Plural form of halberdier.


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  • Chlorophyll halberdiers, braided with nettles and brambles sagging under their load of barbs and thorns.

    The Forsaken

  • He was the commander of the halberdiers in the position of pasha, the equivalent of a general.

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • The bailie now came bustling in, dressed in his blue coat and bandaliers, and attended by two or three halberdiers.

    The Monastery

  • To have the right of walking to church on holy-days, preceded by a phalanx of halberdiers, in habiliments fashioned as in former times, seems, in the eyes of many a guild brother, to be a very enviable pitch of worldly grandeur.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • But the Chamberlain, feeling his own dignity insulted, ordered two of his halberdiers to bring the culprit before him.

    The Abbot

  • Chamberlain and his halberdiers, but she seemed to have taken, in its most strict and literal acceptation, the command to be silent which she had received from the Queen; for, to the repeated signs of her grandson, she only replied by laying her finger on her lip.

    The Abbot

  • Another ten men would be “trained in the use of two-handed swords and armed with pistolets”; four artificers skilled in the use of mines and petards for breaking down palisades; ten halberdiers and ten “strong and robust” pikemen trained in the use of that weapon; four carpenters and four locksmiths skilled in the repair of gun locks; and two surgeons each armed with pistols.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The procession, with its honor guard of soldiers and halberdiers, accompanied by musketry salvos and cannonades, portrayed the governor as the chief of the great warriors who had so proven their prowess on the battlefield.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • A rare illustration of a landdag held around 1650 shows the governor and members of the Council of Formosa seated in the gazebo and surrounded by Dutch musketeers and halberdiers.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Similarly, the halberdiers, used in early modern courts for ceremonial purposes, marked the persons of the governor and the Council members as exceptional — the halberdiers were living symbols of the governor's power, walking in step around him and remaining at attention throughout the ceremony.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese


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