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Intact Spanish Shipwreck with 17th Century Swords Found

My personal interests for all things anthropological & archaeological may be showing, but I think this is a story to watch for anyone interested in historic swords, even though it predates our main focus on the Classical Period. Archaeologists searching … Continue reading

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The Urumi of Kalaripayattu

And now for something completely different, and your cross-cultural moment of the day… Kalaripayattu is the martial art from Kerala, India — located on the extreme southwest edge of the subcontinent.  A weapon used in Kalaripayattu is the urumi.  The … Continue reading

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Diderot: Modern Arms & Blades, 1765

From the Encyclopédie of Diderot & d’Alembert, 1765.

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Sword Versus Bayonet, 1874

As we explore sabre, and stepping off-line to attack in a more combat-like fashion, consider this image of sabre versus bayonette. It is an engraving by an unknown artist featured in Harper’s Weekly, May 16th, 1874. Before the prevalence of … Continue reading

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The Princess and the Eye Patch

Doña Ana de Mendoza, the Princess of Éboli, is a woman full of historic intrigue and mystery. Fascination of her is fueled not only by her legendary beauty, courtly manipulations, and murderous plot, but also the mystery surrounding an alleged … Continue reading

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