Poem of the Pel – Cutting vs. Thrusting

When I read this excerpt from the mid 1450’s Poem of the Pel I can’t help but imagine a master of arms yelling at his charges to stop using so many cuts.

And to thrust is better than to strike;
The striker is deluded many ways,
The sword may not through steel and bones bite,
The entrails are covered in steel and bones,
But with a thrust, anon your foe is forlorn;
Two inches pierced harm more
Than cut of edge, though it wounds sore.

In the cut, the right arm is open,
As well as the side; in the thrust, covered
Is side and arm, and though you be supposed
Ready to fight, the thrust is at his heart
Or elsewhere, a thrust is ever smart;
Thus it is better to thrust than to carve;
Though in time and space, either is to be observed.

Poem of the Pel – Wiktenauer

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