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Two-handed sword; c.1450

Two-handed sword; c.1450
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Long swords, designed to be held using both hands, first became fashionable in the early 1400s. In 1510 King Henry VIII himself fought in a tournament with a two-handed sword. This one was found in the Thames near Kew, and probably dates from around 1450. It is similar to one, now in the Royal Armouries, found with other weapons in the river Dordogne in France, close to the site of the Battle of Castillon of 1453. In this, the last great battle of the Hundred Years' War, the English army was heavily defeated by the French - it is possible that captured English weapons were thrown into the Dordogne

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1440 AD - 1460 AD
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