High medieval swords tended to be more austere than their dark age predecessors or late medieval / renaissance swords.
An exception seems to be Spanish swords, perhaps due to the Islamic influence. Here are some examples
Ah, thank you. That was exactly the kind of decoration I was looking for.
J.D. Crawford wrote:
Regarding swords with twisty crosses, I can't think of any early examples.
Thank you again, those were only an example which I chose because it was a really typical type of decoration in Bohemia and Germany and the first thing I thought off since it's my favorite kind of sword decoration.
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