1000-1500 AD, Crusader Period. An elegant longsword with taper, double-edged bevelled blade, elongated cross-guard with hooked terminals, rectangular-sectioned handle and rounded pommel. This beautiful example may be have once belonged to a knight. The long sword was the prestige weapon of the later Middle Ages, and master-crafted examples were often passed down through the generations from father to son, acting as important symbols of lineage. The Crusades were military expeditions, beginning in the late 11th century, that were organized by western European Christians in response to centuries of Muslim wars of expansion in the Holy Lands. People of all social classes took place in the Crusades, from heavily armed knights to humble peasants using improvised weapons, all in pursuit of salvation in the afterlife. Excellent condition; on a custom stand.
Size: D: mm / US: 6 / UK: M; 16.5g
Provenance: From the private collection of a Somerset gentleman; previously in an old British collection, formed before 2000 on the UK /European art markets.