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1. flail
 [Related Image] A weapon consisting of a spiked metal ball linked to a handle by a chain. Deriving their name from the action of the ball, flails were in common use in 13th-15th century Europe, though knights tended by far to prefer swords, which were far less unwieldy (as well as being better status symbols).

Merlin's "equipment and supplies" stall during the quest of Team 2 of Series 4 had a heavy flail on offer. He claimed it had been used in battle by Sir Cuthbert the Unsteady, a nickname which reflects the clumsiness of the flail, and which put the team off buying it.

During Series 6, Skarkill can be seen with a small flail.

[Earlier version: 2005-12-12 00:02:08]

Provided By: David, 2008-02-15 15:16:26
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