So, just by the word "medieval" everyone should guess that I'm writing fantasy. However, I'm having difficulty writing certain fight/battle scenes in terms of grammar, since I'm limited in terms of what vocabulary should work to match the scenes. I've looked on the internet, but so far I just have explanations on how they fought, and what medieval equipment was like. That's not really my problem. For instance, I have a character with a sword and a shield. If he was about to get ready for a fight, how would I word this? Would he "unsheathe" his sword from its scabbard, or his belt? Would he "unfurl" his shield from his back, or would he "brazen" it forward? Or would he "adorn" it? What would I call the thing holding his shield on his back? A harness, a belt? If there was a very large two-handed blade on someones back, would they unsheathe that as well even though it most likely would not be in some kind of scabbard? Would you "unsheathe" a mace or axe if it was on their belt? When using a bow, I know that archers don't run around with their bow strings always attached to the bow, since it would cause the wood to lose tension. How do I say other ways in which he "strung his bow", are there other names for the "bow string"? Maybe "coil", "wire", "line", "cord", or "twine"? Are there other ways of saying someone "parried" a blow or strike? If anyone has found a site that has the vocab for sword, shield, and cavalry kinds of fighting, I'd love to see it. Since I'm repeating a lot of the same actions in my fight scenes (blocking, strikes, and use taking out, putting away of equipment) I need to find other ways of writing it to avoid repetition. Thanks.