Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature

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The Sword is closely associated with all that was most significant in a man's life in the Anglo-Saxon world: family ties, loyalty to a lord, the duties of a king, the excitement of battle, the attainment of manhood, and the last funeral rites. Hilda Ellis Davidson explores the revelations of archaeology, methods of sword-making, and references in Anglo-Saxon poetry and Old Norse sagas to reveal a past where the sword was of supreme importance, as a weapon and as a symbol. She restores a vital dimension to Old ...
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The Sword is closely associated with all that was most significant in a man's life in the Anglo-Saxon world: family ties, loyalty to a lord, the duties of a king, the excitement of battle, the attainment of manhood, and the last funeral rites. Hilda Ellis Davidson explores the revelations of archaeology, methods of sword-making, and references in Anglo-Saxon poetry and Old Norse sagas to reveal a past where the sword was of supreme importance, as a weapon and as a symbol. She restores a vital dimension to Old English literature, and endows those few surviving swords in museums with a real glamour and magic. She shows that for a fuller understanding of Anglo-Saxon poetry it is important to have due regard to the warrior culture from which it sprang, and of the potent part played by the sword within that culture. Much can be learnt from surviving swords and from the context in which they are discovered. Careful study of the disposition of swords found in peat bogs in Denmark, and in graves, lakes and rivers in the British Isles, yields information on religious and social practices. The swords themselves, and their decoration, reveal the technical skill and cultural achievements of the people who wielded them. To read Beowolf is to be immediately aware of the aura of magical power the poet vested in the sword, and Hilda Ellis Davidson's other concern in this book is to look at literary sources for what they reveal of the quality of a good sword and its significance in Anglo-Saxon and Viking societies - for Viking raiders played as important a part as Anglo-Saxon colonists in the history of early medieval Britain. A survey of the sword in Anglo-Saxon historical records and poetry is followed by an exploration of descriptions of the sword, and of the parts of the sword, in Old Norse literature. The real world of the Anglo-Saxons is brought into dramatic close-focus through this thorough study of the physical remains and literary memorials of a highly-charged symbol.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780851153551
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Swords in Museums in the British Isles
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
I The Making of the Sword
1 Iron for the Blade 15
2 Eastern Sword-blades 20
3 Pattern-welded Blades 23
4 When and Where were they Made? 30
5 The Teutonic Sword 36
6 Inscribed Blades 42
7 The Construction of the Hilt 51
8 The Pommel 52
9 The Grip 58
10 The Guard 62
11 The Decoration of the Hilt 64
12 The Ring on the Hilt 71
13 Inscribed Hilts 77
14 Sword Attachments 82
15 The Scabbard 88
16 Scabbard Inscriptions 96
II The Telling of the Sword
1 Historical Records 104
2 Anglo-Saxon Wills 118
3 Some Sword Terms in Beowulf 121
4 The Sword Hrunting 129
5 The Sword from the Lake 135
6 Other Swords in Anglo-Saxon Poetry 142
7 Sword Riddles 152
8 The Sword-blade in Old Norse Literature 158
9 The Hilt in Old Norse Literature 177
10 The Scabbard in Old Norse Literature 186
III The Using of the Sword 189
Conclusion 211
Appendix A. The Forging of a Pattern-welded Sword 217
Appendix B. The Shifford Sword 225
Index 227
Further References 238
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