List of historical swords

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This is a list of notable individual swords, known either from historical record or from surviving artifacts.

Legendary swords[edit]

These swords do not survive as artifacts and their description (or indeed existence) may be of doubtful historicity.

  • Sword of Attila – The sword of Attila the Hun, said to have been sent by the gods.
  • Legbiter – A gaddhjalt sword of the viking King Magnus Barelegs killed in battle at County Down in 1103.
  • Dhu al-Fiqar, the sword of Ali, the the cousin and son-in-law of Islamic prophet Muhammad.
  • Grus – The sword of Boleslaw Krzywousty (Boleslaus the Wrymouthed), medieval prince of Poland.
  • Joyeuse – The sword of Charlemagne (Charles the Great), the famed medieval king of the Franks and first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (草薙の剣) / Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi (天叢雲剣 lit. Sword of the heaven of the clustering clouds) / Kusanagi ("Grasscutter" or more probably "sword of snake"). It may also be called Tsumugari no Tachi (都牟刈の太刀) – Both a mythical and real sword of equivalent importance to Japan as Excalibur is to England.

Artifacts[edit]

These swords are preserved artifacts, and their attribution to historical characters may be doubtful.

European medieval swords
Near Eastern swords
Asian swords
Modern swords

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El sable corvo de San Martín", Epoca, AF Pombo, Difusora de Informacion Periodica, July 28, 2005
  2. ^ Uniform of the Swiss Guards, The Roman Curia, undated (retrieved January 30, 2012)