Not only are swords weapons, but they also very symbolic, and deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Over the centuries they have been used as symbols of power, used in countless types of ceremonies, as offerings, for coronations, as well as being used for trade. Over time, a number of swords have garnered their own legends and myths, linking the swords to famous events and people. Sometimes the swords themselves are the topic of legendary tales. In this article we’ll look at ten incredible swords from mankind’s history.
Joyeuse: The Legendary Sword of Charlemagne
The Seven-Branched Sword: Japanese Ceremonial Sword
The Sword in the Stone of San Galgano
If you ever find yourself in Tuscany, Italy, take the time to travel to the top of Montesiepi, where you’ll find a rather pleasant round chapel. Located in the chapel, inside a glass case you’ll see a 12th century sword lodged within a piece of solid rock. According to legend, the sword was thrust into the stone by San Galgano, a knight and local nobleman. The legend says San Galgano was out for a walk when he had a vision of Jesus, Mary and Twelve Apostles. A voice instructed San Galgano to renounce all his worldly possessions. San Galgano replied to the voice saying that giving everything up would be as easy as splitting a stone with his sword, to emphasis the point he drew his sword and thrust it into the stone. To his understandable amazement, the sword went through the stone like a hot wire through margarine, and has been stuck there ever since, allegedly.
Goujian: The Time Defying Chinese Sword
The Cursed Muramasa Samurai Swords
Ulfberht Viking Swords
Ivan the Terrible’s Sword
Chinese Votive Sword in North America
Masterfully Forged Indian Sword
Durandal: Sword of Roland
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