The Book of the Sword

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Eloquent, exceptionally erudite history of the "Queen of Weapons." Traces sword's origin — from prehistory to its full growth during early Roman Empire. Discusses earliest weapons of stone, bone, horn and wood as well as variations: sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar and more. Enhanced by nearly 300 excellent line drawings.
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Eloquent, exceptionally erudite history of the "Queen of Weapons." Traces sword's origin — from prehistory to its full growth during early Roman Empire. Discusses earliest weapons of stone, bone, horn and wood as well as variations: sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar and more. Enhanced by nearly 300 excellent line drawings.
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Table of Contents

CHAPTER
FOREWARD
LIST OF AUTHORITIES
I. PREAMBLE: ON THE ORIGIN OF WEAPONS
II. "MAN'S FIRST WEAPONS-THE STONE AND THE STICK. THE EARLIEST AGES OF WEAPONS. THE AGES OF WOOD, OF BONE, AND OF HORN"
III. "THE WEAPONS OF THE AGE OF WOOD : THE BOOMERANG AND THE SWORD OF WOOD; OF STONE, AND OF WOOD AND STONE COMBINED"
IV. THE PROTO-CHALCITIC OR COPPER AGE OF WEAPONS
V. "THE SECOND CHALCITIC AGE OF ALLOYS-BRONZE, BRASS, ETC : THE AXE AND THE SWORD"
VI. THE PROTO-SIDERIC OR EARLY IRON AGE OF WEAPONS
VII. THE SWORD : WHAT IS IT?
VIII. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT EGYPT AND IN MODERN AFRICA
IX. "THE SWORD IN KHITA-LAND, PALESTINE AND CANAAN; PHŒNICIA AND CARTHAGE; JEWRY, CYPRUS, TROY, AND ETRURIA"
X. "THE SWORD IN BABYLONIA, ASSYRIA AND PERSIA, AND ANCIENT INDIA"
XI. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT GREECE : HOMER ; HESIOD AND HERODOTUS: MYCENÆ
XII. THE SWORD IN ANCIENT ROME: THE LEGION AND THE GLADIATOR
XIII. THE SWORD AMONGST THE BARBARIANS (EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE)
CONCLUSION
INDEX
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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Only for historical interest

    This is an exhaustive 19th century history of swords and sword-like devices written by the famous English explorer Richard Francis Burton. Burton writes in a somewhat rambling fashion exploring every possible nuance of hand weapons in nature and human history (Japanese angler fish, tiger claws emulated in a hand held device giving metal claws to a human fist to Narwhale tusks simluated by undulating swords). He quotes many many sources from European journals, Greek & Roman authors, Hindu texts, the Bible to Arabic texts. He uses extensive footnotes. He has pages and pages of quotes before any text appears. The digital version (Powered by Google) is marred by fragmented footnotes, undecipherable optical character recognition transciption errors, and punctuation problems. Nearly 500 pages with over 200 illustrations.

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