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Ethan Z





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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep, 2019 12:34 am    Post subject: A Question About English Longswords According Paul Wagner         Reply with quote

In a video titled "English Longsword - what to use?" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP_Ay-Bkgr8) Paul Wagner describes a few varieties of English longsword from a few periods. In particular, he makes mention of some unusually large longswords from the mid-15th century, citing the Castillon Hoard as having a number of extant specimens of this variety. I've tried to locate images of said swords, but in my own searches, the only photos of Castillon Hoard swords I've found have been of arming swords and a couple of maybe of bastard-y type swords, none of the rather larger proportioned specimens he discusses (starting around 2:21 in the video). My question would be does anyone know of any images or information that I could look at regarding the swords from the Castillon Hoard that that Wagner is talking about? Also, there's an image shown in the video at around 4:09 of what looks like a pike-and-shot battle. If anyone knows what source this image is from, that would also be much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep, 2019 12:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I know of at least one castillon style longsword that has about 1m long blade and about 130cm overall... I will have to spend some time searching for it, though.
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep, 2019 6:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There is a Castillon two-hander in the Royal Armouries collection

https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-173.html

Two more are illustrated in Neil Melville's The Two-Handed Sword (p.19)

I've not been able to find pictures online of these, though one is supposed to be on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep, 2019 8:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Anthony Clipsom wrote:
There is a Castillon two-hander in the Royal Armouries collection

https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-173.html

Two more are illustrated in Neil Melville's The Two-Handed Sword (p.19)

I've not been able to find pictures online of these, though one is supposed to be on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Both the Royal Armouries specimen and the other leads you've offered are much appreciated. I was beginning to wonder if Wagner was simply somehow mistaken.

Luka Borscak wrote:
I know of at least one castillon style longsword that has about 1m long blade and about 130cm overall... I will have to spend some time searching for it, though.


If you can find it, much appreciated. If not, no big deal.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Sep, 2019 11:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's what I've got on the Metropolitan sword. Assistant Conservator Sean Belair is the source of the photo where he's holding it.


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