Forty years of intensive research into the specialised subject of
the straight two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages
are contained in this classic study. Spanning the period from the
great migrations to the Renaissance, Ewart Oakeshott emphasises the
original purpose of the sword as an intensely intimate accessory of
great significance and mystique. There are over 400 photographs and
drawings, each fully annotated and described in detail, supported
by a long introductory chapter with diagrams of the typological
framework first presented in The Archaeology of Weapons and further
elaborated in The Sword in the Age of Chivalry. There are
appendices on inlaid blade inscriptions, scientific dating, the
swordsmith's art, and a sword of Edward III. Reprinted as part of
Boydell's History of the Sword series.
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