Nevertheless, some people swear maces can be very useful in a fight. I mean, with its lightweight wooden handle and heavy iron head, which makes it essentially a heavy club, the mace could easily be swung or thrown with great force but little effort, tearing through chain mail and flank armor. Sounds like an advantage to me!
And, for my surprise, although they were used in Europe from the 13th-15th centuries, earlier versions of the mace date back to ancient Egypt! The flanged mace - that spiked metal ball on the end of a chain -, was used during battle and for torture or punishment. Iaiks.
During the late Middle Ages, royalty and city officials often adopted the mace as a city or township's emblem because the weapon was symbolic of great power (!). Through the centuries into today, the mace has been transformed from a battle weapon to a jeweled ceremonial piece.