No one wants to be on the receiving end of a Longsword. An iconic weapon from the Middle Ages, the longsword was used in battle to slice up enemies, and in judicial duels, where it was used to settle legal disputes (i.e. your tree is growing onto my property, face my longsword).
When it comes to swords, size matters - and this one had a blade measuring 35-40 inches long. Due to the relative shortness of the hilt, it was almost always used one-handed, wielded with either a shield or an axe for good measure. Although the longsword was forged for hacking, slashing and stabbing, they were often given pet names by their owners, such as "Joyeuse" (meaning "joyful" in French), which was the name of Charlemagne’s legendary sword.