The Sword in
The contributors to this book bring
their practical and academic knowledge to an exploration of new
ideas and information about the making and use of swords in the
early Anglo-Saxon period. They provide an insight to the symbolism
of swords, their decoration and place in society. Other items
carried and worn by warriors are similarly treated.
There is an extensive survey of writings about swords from the
Early Middle Ages, together with discussions on the way swords may
have been used and worn. There is a chapter about the language of
the sword and runic associations. Several modern sword-smiths have
contributed knowledge gained from forging weapons. In addition to
those who have contributed essays, there are many scholars,
smiths, craftspeople, re-enactors and others who have added to the
ideas, theories and discussions presented in this book.
Illustrations: 180 colour. 76 B&W.
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