Bronze age warriors were the first knights. Horseback riding became widespread in the late Bronze Age and the men used slashing swords for fighting. The Bronze Age is a period characterized by the use of copper and its alloy bronze as the chief hard materials in the manufacture of some implements and weapons. Chronologically, it stands between the Stone Age and Iron Age. Humans learned how to smelt, melt, cast, rivet, and to forge copper and bronze. Bronze Age swords appear from around the 17th century BC, in the Black Sea region and the Aegean, evolving out of the dagger. They are replaced by the Iron Age sword during the early part of the 1st millennium BC. Bronze Age swords were strong, but not brittle. They would bend, rather than...
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