European swords that were mainly wielded with both hands were called "Zweihänder". The variation ranges from the hand and a half sword and late medieval long sword, which were not much larger than classic one-handed knight swords, to the mighty Renaissance "Bidenhänder". The first two-handed swords appeared in the High Middle Ages, but this type of sword experienced its heyday in the late Middle Ages. Another name of this great sword was "Gassenhauer" (Alley Beater). The Zweihander was often used like a lance in narrow passages and alleys.