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Living by the Sword: Weapons and Material Culture in France and Britain, 600-1600

Kristen B. Neuschel


This book sharpens the readers' knowledge of swords as it traverses through a captivating 1,000 years of French and English history. The book reveals that warrior culture, with the sword as its ultimate symbol, was deeply rooted in ritual long before the introduction of gunpowder weapons transformed the battlefield. The book argues that objects have agency and that decoding their meaning involves seeing them in motion: bought, sold, exchanged, refurbished, written about, displayed, and used in ceremony. Drawing on evidence about swords in the possession of nobles and royalty, the book explores ... More

Keywords: swords, warrior culture, ritual, battlefield, tapestries, jewels, tableware

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753336
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen B. Neuschel, author
Duke University