The European Historical Combat Guild

Investigating Europe's Historical combative methods and behaviours

Monday, 1 November 2010

Swords and Swordsmen

On Friday I attended the launch of a new book, Swords and Swordsmen By Mike Loades.
I have know Mike for.... 38 years..... since he turned up to our house stating that he wanted to do what my father did.

In attendance were many names from the fields of research and reconstruction in the use of arms and armour including John Waller and many familiar faces some of whom I had not seen in a long time.

The launch took place at the Cutlers Hall, the of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers who received their first Royal charter in 1416 from Henry V. Their business being the manufactures and distribution of all implements with a cutting edge, including swords and daggers.

Amongst their displayed collection is a sword presented to the Company by Guild Honoured member, the late Ewart Oakeshotte. The sword is believed to be the one which originally hung over the tomb of Edward the Black Prince until it went missing in the 17th Century.

I shall write a full review of the book once I have finished reading it.


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