A Welsh hook is a type of polearm, a halberd-like weapon with a hook on the back, and gained its name due to its prevalence among the Welsh soldiers during the medieval wars against the English.[1] It appears to have been derived from an agricultural implement known as a forest-bill (or a long hedging-bill) with the addition of a hook on the back and a spike on the front.[2]

In literature


  1. ^ Lublin 2013, p. 115.
  2. ^ Shakespeare & Rowe 1821, pp. 286–287.
  3. ^ a b Shakespeare & Rowe 1821, p. 286.