Supplement. Comprising the 15th, 16th, and 17th Centuries

Supplement. Comprising the 15th, 16th, and 17th Centuries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... " Triumph" of the Emperor Maximilian; in his left hand a buckler. The " sword-and-buckler superseded by the rapier. The sword of our figure is of the same fashion as that in the preceding example. The Swords of the first half of the century exhibit considerable variety in the construction of their guards, a variety not easily traceable without the aid of many engravings. They may, however, be generally classed under the following types. The ancient cross-sword, which is still of very fiequent occurrence. See our illustrations, Nos. 108, 110, 111 and 112. Its form was recognised as partaking of the sacred character of the Christian emblem. Brantome tells us that Bayard when struck with his death-wound, " prit son espee par la poignee, et en baisa la croisee, en signe de la croix de Nostre-Seigneur, et dit tout haut: Jlliserere med, Deus." (Eloge de Monsieur de Bayard.) Another hand-guard often seen at this time was that taking the form of a letter S, of which examples are offered in several figures of Maximilian's " Triumph" (see the pikemen among the " Soldiers of Merit" and the wounded pikeman among the Camp followers), in Hefner's plate 29, in J ost Aman, plate 281, in Schrenck von Notzing's Armamentarium, plate 87, in the Madrid Armory, plate 23, and in our No. 119 (though not a very complete specimen). A real example of this guard will be found in the Tower collection, No. The other kinds may be thus described: --3. Finger-guard not joining the pommel: 4. Finger-guard joined to the pommel: 5. Cross and side-ring: 6. Cross and finger-loop: 7. Cross, finger loop and half-ring at the side: 8. All these three combined with finger-guards of both kinds: ...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695811X
  • 9781236958112