Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bec de Corbin


Bec de Corbin, or Beak of the crow, is a long pole with the head of . .. you guess it, a crow.  Different versions vary but the one I learned about has a point on the end, what looks like a beak comes off it and opposite the beak are three sharp pieces of metal that look like a crows foot OR could also be blunt like a hammer. 

While the head was used spear like, the beak was most useful for tearing armor apart.  

I do not own a picture of this weapon but there are plenty of pictures to see on Google.




*Disclaimer: I have done extensive research on each of these weapons. I am aware that there are many different versions of each of these weapons. I am not trying to spread false information. If you know and can prove any information wrong, please let me know and I will fix my errors.  I have at least three references for all research on the weapons I will discuss through the challenge. 

54 comments:

  1. I've played a game called 'Fate' and there is every weapon imaginable including this one, looks a little bulky for me, I'm a good old fashioned sword guy.

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    1. While I think it is a cool weapon, I am with you. Swords all the way! (Well swords and a bow and arrow) :)

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    2. rch, that must have taken a lot of time especially documentation!

      K, great B article. Informative, interesting and eye-catching!

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  2. Very Interesting...I learn something new everyday!

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    1. :) Best part of this challenge, all the stuff you learn!

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  3. It's amazing how much I am learning from the A-Z challengers!

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    1. Haha right?! The second I found out about this weapon I knew my theme was going to be weapons.

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  4. sounds like a horrific way to go.

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    1. Haha True. Definitely not how I want to go.

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  5. Does sound pretty horrific, but I'm more sorry for the darn crow! :D

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    1. LOL thank you for the laugh this morning!

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  6. I've never heard of this weapon before, very cool!

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    1. I learned about it at LTUE last year! I've been hanging onto the info so I could use it for this challenge. :) I would love to have one just to hang on my wall with my other weapons.

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  7. Sounds like something my boys could use in Skyrim...


    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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    1. Haha well if I play Skyrim and see one, I will let you know! :)

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  8. Fascinating! I will find a website to look for this. And I might have a place for it in one of my upcoming projects.

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  9. Wow, never even heard of this weapon...great job explaining it!
    Shannon @I Survived & Now I Run

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  10. Deadly-looking little item. I like it--and your disclaimer.

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  11. I've never heard of or seen this before. Interesting. Will show my martial arts instructor tonight, too!

    A to Z: http://www.deborahdera.com

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    1. Awesome! Glad I could show you something new. :)

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  12. Interesting! What time period was this weapon most popular?

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    1. Agreed! I know it is medieval, mostly European.

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  13. I've seen these in museums and thought they looked bad ass. If ever write a story set in this time period I'm going to use these posts as a guide to weaponize my characters!

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    1. I would love to go to a museum to see one along with the other weapons I will be featuring during the challenge. And yay! That's awesome!

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  14. Truly Medieval - great to learn something new, so thanks for sharing.

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    1. :) Originally my theme was Medieval weapons but when I had to change a few, I couldn't say they were all medieval. But yes, this one is medieval for sure! :)
      You're welcome!

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  15. Scary looking weapon, but what a great prop to find at a crime scene in my next suspense novel. From Botnets to Bec de Corbin. It can happen. Thanks, Konstanz.

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    1. Scary, painful if hit by one, and LOL is this a medieval or modern day suspense novel? Cause if modern day, that would be pretty hilarious. Can't wait to read it!
      Welcome!

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  16. What an unassuming name for a weapon that can tear armor! MM

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  17. It is an interesting pole arm to say the least. Deadly, but sound bulky even to me. Until now, I never heard of one.

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    1. I learned about it at a writer's conference of all places actually. It was pretty awesome, I knew I had to blog about it for the challenge.

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  18. Very interesting, I've never heard the name or description before. Great 'B' post!

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  19. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Your blog is wonderful to view, and I like your armor theme!

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  20. I like the theme for your A to Z Challenge! I also love the disclaimer :)

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I figured I would rather be safe than sorry.

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  21. What a great theme for the challenge. Great to meet you on the A to Z adventure!
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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  22. EW! Sounds very creepy. This would scare my sister to death. She's terrified of birds!

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    1. Haha only if your enemy is using it against you. Yeah, probably not the best weapon for her then.

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  23. Oh, yeah, I've seen those before, but I'd forgotten the name.

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    1. It wasn't until after I learned about that weapon that I found out it's real name. Though more often it is referred to as the Crow's Beak.

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  24. This is definitely an interesting choice. I don't think anyone else would have thought of this one.

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    1. Thank you ... I think. :) I try to be original. :)

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  25. I would like to know where you first learned of this rather interesting implement and is it French in origin?

    I'm enjoying your theme!

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    1. At a writers conference actually. LTUE. It was amazing, the guy actually brought one with him. It was the inspiration behind my theme for this years challenge! :) European, I don't know exactly where.

      Thank you!

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  26. You know, I've heard this term before. I'm going to have to do some more research because I've heard that this is where my last name may have originated. (I can't recall who said that - I think it was family.) It'll be interesting to find out!

    Enjoying your posts!

    Kayla at Bibliophilia, Please

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    1. Wow that would be awesome!! Good luck finding out!

      Thank you!

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