A History of the Sword

Meet one of the Kings champions of the sword here in Edinburgh Castle and find out how medieval weaponry evolved over the centuries.

A History of the Sword

About A History of the Sword

Meet one of the Kings champions of the sword here in Edinburgh Castle. Find out how medieval weaponry evolved over the centuries from its humble beginnings in the early medieval period right through to the duels of the 17th century, especially one of the most iconic of all weapons – the medieval longsword.

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