Synopses & Reviews
“The history of the sword,” the author writes in his introduction, “is the history of humanity.” For centuries, the sword has been a symbol of power, strength, liberty, and courage. In the Middle Ages, the image of a sword was used to signify the word of God. Nearly every culture in history has forged blades from stone or steel to fight in times of battle and protect in times of peace.
In this groundbreaking work, Richard Francis Burton, explorer, translator, scholar, and swordsman, draws on a wealth of linguistic, archaeological, and literary sources to trace the millennia-old history of the sword. From its earliest days as a charred, sharpened stick to the height of craftsmanship in the modern era, the sword has been the weapon of choice for warriors of all stripes.
In eloquent, captivating prose, Burton describes:
The origin of the weapon
The weapons of the age of wood
The Copper Age of weapons
The Iron Age of weapons
The sword in ancient Egypt
The sword in ancient Greece
Nearly three hundred line drawings enhance Burtons richly detailed text. Any reader of history or student of weaponry will find this book a fascinating, highly enjoyable read.
The most deeply researched and generously detailed history of the sword of all time.
About the Author
Richard Francis Burton was an explorer, translator, writer, soldier, spy, fencer, and diplomat. He is most famous for his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and the Kama Sutra and for having been the first European to visit the Great Lakes of Africa. He traveled to Mecca in disguise and spoke nearly thirty languages. He died in 1890.