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David Black Mastro




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PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov, 2005 11:17 am    Post subject: Info on Don Juan de Austria's two-handed sword         Reply with quote

The attached photo is of a sword owned by Don Juan de Austria (bastard son of Charles V), the hero of the great naval battle of Lepanto.

I found this photo several years ago, when Googling around. I saved it as wallpaper, but didn't log what website it came from (idiot that I am Confused ). All I remember is that the site labelled it as an "estoque".

From what I understand, Don Juan actually fought with a two-handed sword at Lepanto (source: Gunpowder and Galleys by Guilmartin), and that the sword is in the Museo Naval in Madrid. Is the sword in the attached pic the same sword? It's really pretty, and I'd love to know more about it.

Also, I'll be happy to post credits for the photo in question, provided that anyone has any info on it--I don't want to violate any copyright laws or anything. Worried

Thanks,

David



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"Why meddle with us--you are not strong enough to break us--you know that you have won the battle and slaughtered our army--be content with your honor, and leave us alone, for by God's good will only have we escaped from this business" --unknown Spanish captain to the Chevalier Bayard, at the Battle of Ravenna, 1512
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Caleb Hallgren




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PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov, 2005 7:09 pm    Post subject: Here         Reply with quote

http://cvc.cervantes.es/actcult/museo_naval/s...mas_22.htm

I can't read spanish, but I just ran a Google Images search for "Don Juan Estoque".

Hope that helps! Big Grin
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David Black Mastro




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Nov, 2005 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Here         Reply with quote

Caleb Hallgren wrote:
http://cvc.cervantes.es/actcult/museo_naval/sala2/armas/armas_22.htm

I can't read spanish, but I just ran a Google Images search for "Don Juan Estoque".

Hope that helps! Big Grin


Caleb,

Thanks so much for the link to that site--I don't know why I couldn't find it.

I unfortunately can't read Spanish either, but it's still a great help.

Much obliged,

David

"Why meddle with us--you are not strong enough to break us--you know that you have won the battle and slaughtered our army--be content with your honor, and leave us alone, for by God's good will only have we escaped from this business" --unknown Spanish captain to the Chevalier Bayard, at the Battle of Ravenna, 1512
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Kjell Magnusson




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Nov, 2005 12:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, for what it's worth: an auto-translated version

(I did study spanish for five years, and still a quick trip to google is the best I can do...)

So, in short, it's a gift from the Pope to Don Juan for his deeds at Lepanto, and the current grip (wonder exactly how much of the grip and fittings are covered by "empuņadura") is from 1869.
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