European swords: Rapier, Falchion, Sabre, Longsword, Szczerbiec, Backsword, Greatsword, Spatha, European dueling sword, Grunwald Swords, Foil

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9781157667384: European swords: Rapier, Falchion, Sabre, Longsword, Szczerbiec, Backsword, Greatsword, Spatha, European dueling sword, Grunwald Swords, Foil
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 70. Chapters: Rapier, Falchion, Sabre, Longsword, Szczerbiec, Backsword, Greatsword, Spatha, European dueling sword, Grunwald Swords, Foil, Szabla, Migration Period sword, Basket-hilted sword, Claymore, Iron Age sword, Falcata, Seax, Sword of Stalingrad, Cutlass, Zweihänder, Small sword, Xiphos, Sverd, Sword bayonet, Flame-bladed sword, Wallace Sword, Estoc, Colichemarde, Shashka, Colada, Espada ropera, Degen, Cinquedea, Tizona, Katzbalger, Side-sword, Blade geometry, Federschwert, Executioner's sword, Lantern shield, Lobera, Claybeg, Kriegsmesser, Karabela, Dussack, Andrew Ferrara, Bilbo, Spadroon, Koncerz, Hunting sword, Swiss saber, Crocea Mors, Guy of Warwick's Sword, Pappenheim-hilt rapier, Sword of King Carol I of Romania, Great sword, Qama. Excerpt: Szczerbiec (Polish pronunciation: ) is the coronation sword that was used in crowning ceremonies of most kings of Poland from 1320 to 1764. It is currently on display in the treasure vault of the Royal Wawel Castle in Kraków as the only preserved piece of Polish Crown Jewels. The sword is characterized by a hilt decorated with kabbalistic formulas, Christian symbols and floral patterns, as well as a narrow slit in the blade which holds a small shield with the coat of arms of Poland. Its name, derived from the Polish word szczerba meaning a gap, notch or chip, is sometimes rendered into English as "the Notched Sword" or "the Jagged Sword", although its blade has straight and smooth edges. A legend links the Szczerbiec with King Boleslaus the Brave who was said to have chipped the sword by hitting it against the Golden Gate of Kiev (now in Ukraine) during his capture of the city in 1018. However, the Golden Gate was only constructed in 1037 and the sword is actually dated to the late 12th or 13th century. It was first used as a coronation sword by Vladislaus the Elbow-High in 132...

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