The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England

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ISBN-13: 978-0851157160
ISBN-10: 0851157165
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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: BOYE6 (January 1, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851157165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851157160
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erik Goodwyn on May 30, 2010
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H.E. Davidson is one the best European/English historians of the early to mid 20th century, having written many great works including the now unavailable "Road to Hel", "Myths in Pagan Europe", numerous works on Norse mythology, and many works on Goddess-lore that never strays into the "fluffy bunny" utopianisms of Gimbutas or other fantasies. Here, Davidson puts her considerable skills as a compiler of numerous fields including Anglo-Saxon poetry, lore, archeology, history, and just about anything else she can think of to put together an excellent monograph on the most potent ancient weapon and symbol, the sword. Since there is no preview available, I will list the contents here:

List of swords in Museums in the British Isles
THE MAKING OF THE SWORD
1. Iron for the Blade
2. Eastern Sword-blades
3. Pattern-welded Blades
4. When and Where were they Made?
5. The Teutonic Sword
6. Inscribed Blades
7. The Construction of the Hilt
8. The Pommel
9. The Grip
10. The Guard
11. The Decoration of the Hilt
12. The Ring on the Hilt
13. Inscribed Hilts
14. Sword Attachments
15. The Scabbard
16. Scabbard Inscriptions
THE TELLING OF THE SWORD
1. Historical Records
2. Anglo-Saxon Wills
3. Some Sword Terms in Beowulf
4. The Sword Hrunting
5. The Sword from the Lake
6. Other Swords in Anglo-Saxon Poetry
7. Sword Riddles
8. The Sword-blade in Old Norse Literature
9. The Hilt in Old Norse Literature
10. The Scabbard in Old Norse Literature
THE USING OF THE SWORD
CONCLUSION
APPENDIX A. The Forging of a Pattern Welded Sword
APPENDIX B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Brooks on March 7, 2013
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Anything you want to know about Old English swords, how they were made, how they were used, and the legends surrounding them is detailed here by one of the acknowledged masters of Northern European lore.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Plowright on June 15, 2008
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First published in 1962, this is still the most respected text on the sword in the Anglo-Saxon period.

The book includes detailed research about the making of the swords, hilt decoration, blade inscriptions, and the weapon as mentioned in Anglo-Saxon literature. She even goes to the trouble of consulting with modern experts in steelworking to assess the forging techniques and the physical characteristics of the blades.

By the end we have gained a real appreciation of these objects not only as masterpieces of art and technology, but as powerful symbols in Anglo-Saxon culture.

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The Sword in Anglo Saxon England by Hilda Ellis Davidson is the best book of its kind for the sheer number of aspects of the topic covered - and covered well.

I must admit I was impressed by this book, the author's expertise and the depth of the research done to bring so much about this subject to the reader, Davidson brings every aspect of the sword from many different disciplines. The book covers the technical aspects of the swordsmith's art, beginning with the development of pattern-welded swords on the continent from whence the Anglo Saxons came. There are brief forays into the development of swords in northern Europe before the Germanic tribes began to move onto the world scene and how Celtic and Roman weapons influenced German sword makers. There is then a detailed discussion of the metallurgical requirements as well as the experimentation of modern swordsmiths who have been able to duplicate the work of "dark age" smiths.

The author relates the evidence from archeology and literature for pattern-welded swords. There are good conversations in regard to the blades, the hilts, the ornamentation, scabbards, belts, baldrics, fittings...you name it. I found it interesting that swords were not only suspended from baldrics and belts, but were also strapped to the side with the hilt high on the body almost under the armpit as well as slung over the soldier.

The author covers the sword as a weapon of the elite and were highly valued, being lavishly decorated. Though decorated, they were used in combat and were exposed to the damage of hand-to-hand combat in spite of their embellishment. These were the real deal - used to deal out death in battle. Also covered are the examples of using swords in battle as well as duels.
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