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Five hefty men, each well-armed and carrying weapons ranging from swords to maces, surrounded Sami.
They were armed in separate companies with bows and arrows, spears, daggers and shields, and the officers carried battle-axes and maces.
At Cambridge there are two, termed esquire-bedels, who both walk before the vicechancellor, bearing maces.
There are less noble weapons that you can wield, such as an executioner's ax or spiked maces.
Two silver maces dating back to 1680 are still used at every Boro Council meeting.