The Medieval European Sword, by Adrian Waite

The Medieval European Sword, by Adrian Waite

Booklet published by Stuart Press, 20 pages. A5 size booklet (N6945X1)

From the introduction: Firstly, two definitions: What is Medieval? And what is a Sword? My dictionary defines "Medieval" as "the period from about 1000AD to the Fifteenth century", and defines a "Sword" as "A thrusting, striking or cutting weapon with a long blade, having one or two cutting edges, a hilt, and usually a crosspiece or guard". I intend broadly to follow these definitions.

The sword was not, of course, a medieval invention. Swords were carried by Roman legionaries, the Anglo-Saxons and by Viking warriors before they were held in the hands of Medieval Knights. They were sometimes used as the principal weapon of the bearer, and sometimes used as a side arm. Different styles of sword were developed for different styles of fighting and to suit different fashions. Furthermore, as styles of warfare developed so too did styles of the sword.

Swords were valuable objects as well as useful ones. Their manufacture was complex and therefore expensive, and swords were lovingly cared for, and handed down from father to son. The sword was of value to its owner not only financially but also as a protector of his person.

The sword also achieved mythological and religious significance. In the eighth century, Charlemagne, Emperor of the Franks named his sword "Joyeuse", while the mythical King Arthur of Britain carried the sword "Excalibur". The sword was a symbol of chivalry, and was often inlaid with religious inscriptions such as "Homo Die" or "In Nomine Domini". In an age given to symbolism, the similarity of shape between a sword and the Christian cross was significant. Compartments were made in pommels to house religious relics that would protect the swordsman and give him victory. A sword carried upward and sheathed would be carried in ceremonies as a symbol of justice.
Contents include:

The Development of the Medieval European Sword
The Origins of the Medieval Sword
The Manufacture ofthe Medieval Sword
The Place of the Sword in Medieval Society
The Types of Medieval European Sword
Early Medieval Period (1050-1350)
Late Medieval Period (1350-1500)
Short Swords
The Use of the Medieval European Sword
Fighting with the Long Sword
Fighting with the Short Sword
The Sword in Battle
Conclusion - The Significance of the Medieval European Sword

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.