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On the 30th of August 1146 there was a conference of European leaders who outlawed the use of the crossbow, believing that by banning the effective weapon, wars would be ended for all time .... also coinciding with the Crusades at the time as it was very often thought that the crossbow was a weapon of the 'infidel' along with the mace ....

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True, the mace was in use ......... examples of Iron Age maces have been found so it's not a 'new' weapon ........... it was frowned upon by Papal law for Crusading Knights during the earlier Crusades because they considered it a weapon of the 'infidel' due to its use by the Islamic forces (nothing changes does it :roll: ) ........ but yes it was in regular use for centuries in various forms.

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