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Among the many reasons for his Typology, Oakeshott found date classification unreliable at the time his research was conducted. Provide feedback about this page. In his quest for knowledge he began conducting experiments and practicing with both authentic and replica arms long before there was any eart and reenactment communities or historical fencing movement. I turned and had not noticed the door had opened.

Views Read Edit View history. Something just wasn’t right and I attributed it to it just not being my ‘style’ of weapon. The sweet, or rather the serving of it, will always be memorable: I stood there and Mark called, me, and then tapped me on the shoulder. The grip has the same average length as earlier Viking swords of about 9 centimetres 3. His efforts in the field he so much loved sowed the seed of the urge for knowledge in many of us. He was enthusiastic when told of my appointment here at the Royal Armouries last year and it was only on 27 September that I gave a public gallery talk using, for the first time, two of his medieval swords presently on loan here.

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Oakeshott’s Typology of the Medieval Sword

A Knight in Battle Published for the second time in Often features an acute point but generally too flexible for effective thrusting. John manuscript of c.


The Oakeshott typology was created by historian and illustrator Ewart Oakeshott as a way to define and catalogue the medieval sword based on physical form.

InI had the honor of being among a handful of okaeshott to meet with Ewart and his wife Sybil in recent years and spend time in their home.

Oakeshott typology – Wikipedia

He listed the weights and measurements of many swords in his collection which have become the basis for further academic work as well as templates for the creation of high quality modern replicas. Putnam’s Sons,dealt specifically with methods of combat and reveals a oakeshltt of interesting points.

In this case a 14th C cut and thrust sword sometimes referred to as the Black Prince sword was gone and in its place oakshott a lovely 15th C sword, very like the sword of Henry V. Unlike his more academically credentialed peers within the curatorial community, from his earliest days Oakeshott went out of his way to handle antique European arms as he imagined they would have been used by historical warriors.

He suggested that trade, warfare, and other various exchanges, in combination with the longevity of the weapons obscured the date of manufacture, use, and retirement. Jan Peterson had previously developed a typology for Viking swords consisting of twenty-six categories.

This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Also usually features downward toward the blade curved cross quillions. This was a oa,eshott.

The taper is the degree oakeahott which the blade narrows toward the point away from the hand. It was a 15th century style single hand weapon as I recall, and at once I was uncomfortable with it. Oakeshott introduced it in his treatise The Archaeology of Weapons: Picking up where Jan Petersen’s typology of the Viking Sword left off, Oakeshott classified the Medieval sword into “types” which shared the same basic blade profile and other characteristics related to oakeshottt function.


European Weapons and Armour — this is in effect the second part of the history begun in The Archaeology of Weaponsand covers the period from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution.

Ewart Oakeshott

Only 11 left in stock more on the way. The pommel usually takes an oval Brazil-nut form or a disk-shape.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. To my surprise, I found we also shared two other major interests together, art and historical naval combat. Ewart will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, either personally or through his works, and our sympathy and thoughts are with Sybil and family.

He was one of the very few who approached the subject as something more than just an archaeological or anthropological curiosity fit for glass display cases. Oakeshort evening especially stands out in my mind. These swords appear in the contemporary artwork of San Gimignano and many other works.

These are Bastard swords, and nearly always have a hand-and-a-half grip or Two-handed swords, with room for two hands.

Books by Ewart Oakeshott

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Favorites Register Log in. At once I was uncomfortable and felt very awkward as to whether I should be truthful or polite.

As a trained oaleshott he illustrated most of his own books and also became a speaker on arms and armour. There were six of us from ARMA buzzing around his home examining everything from 14th century arming oameshott to 18th century smallswords. Swords in the Viking Agepublished