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Taking it in his hand he held it like a warrior, not a collector or an academic. Ewart Oakeshott – is widely regarded as the preeminent scholar of the Medieval sword. I will miss him. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It was also a strange feeling to know that several swords which we had only seen on photos in books either at one time in or still were in his collection. This type somewhat resembles a more slender version of type XIV. Their warmth and open handedness to a young enthusiastic stranger was remarkable.

My own interest in swords and swordsmanship was directly inspired and guided by Oakeshott’s many titles, and specifically, by his spirit of viewing swords not as objects but as functional tools, once wielded by living men.

Ewart Oakeshott: The Man and his Legacy —

This ricasso often presents an area of increased decoration. His many writings reflected a genuine love for the subject and his considerable knowledge in the field was soon recognized. Why the Castle was important to the knight, as well as its strategic importance as a base of power is also discussed. The Sword in the Age of Chivalry Feb 01, He co-founded the Arms and Armour Society in The oakeeshott cross section has the shape of a lens.

Again included is a brief overview of Oakeshott’s blade and hilt categorizations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As we looked around we could see that many of the labels on the specimens were quite vague and inaccurate, with many swept-hilt blades labeled simply “rapier”. Early examples of the type appear in the 12th century, and it remained popular until the 15th century.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In some ways we were so different, but there was a bond, which connected us, a love of swords. Only 9 left in stock more on the way. His ability to see the context clearly is what oakesgott the depth of his insight.

I forgot my password Register for an account Password: Something just wasn’t right and I attributed it to it just not being my ‘style’ of weapon. He was still staying on top of the latest research and writings and was more than happy to show off his collection and insist they be handled.

Thanks for your teaching Ewart. An uncle, Jeffrey Oakeshottt, was a successful writer of swashbuckling historical novels, and introduced young Ewart to the romance of the sword. At one point, I just could not resist this small low hanging twig on a tree in front of me and I stared at it until I just absolutely could not stop myself from taking a cut at it with this astoundingly beautiful 14th century sword.

Of the two days that we were able to spend with him, I will never forget the actual initial meeting.

While the photographs may have been featured in previous works, they have been digitally enhanced here for greater clarity. Features a short grip similar to type X but a distinctively longer, more slender blade suitable for slashing from horseback.

Below are reminiscences of how deeply Ewart touched so many of us. Johnson Ltd as a commercial artist. I turned and had not noticed the door had opened. The distinction away from an Cinquedea is largely based on size alone. These twelve excellent pieces were his last published word on many of these topics. It was extremely important to Ewart and Sybil that the resources that they assembled would be available to future students, not as a sterile relic behind glass but as a living piece of history.

See our Membership Plans for details. Oakeshott uses these incidents as background for describing a knight’s behavior, oakeshotg, and equipment in the combat of the day.

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The grip is often extended to accommodate one and a half or two hands. Over the last three years Ewart, Sybil and Oskeshott have done our best to establish a trust that will carry forward their love of knowledge. I hope to meet you yet.


A knight in battle. Log me on automatically each visit. Besides his growing sadness at being increasing infirm and unable to freely hold his beloved swords, one of his greatest laments, he told me at the time, was that across Europe there were still many small private collections of swords kept in old manor houses and family estates that contained in them singular pieces representing one of kind sword specimens that had never been examined or classified.

I stood there and Mark called, me, and then oakfshott me on the shoulder. So with help from Esther and myself he struggled to his feet and spoke. Several factors are used to distinguish the types, most importantly blade characteristics such as cross section, length, fuller s and the taper of the blade toward the tip. When it got to Ewart and he held it in his hand, this benign looking man seems to grow. The first antique sword he handled was from his uncle’s collection. He was the perfect old world English gentleman, which is how I will always remember him.

I just gapped and I swear, the first thought that came into my head was, ” Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography. Views Read Edit View history. In distinction from type XV, these blades almost always feature a raised mid-rib reinforcing the blade for thrusting, and in the examples of The Records of the Medieval Sword, can be seen to have a less linear and constistent taper along the edge of the blade, sometime showing a subtle acceleration oakkeshott the taper toward the very tip of the blade.

At one point during dinner he instructed me to take down a particular sword from the kitchen wall, and then asked me how it felt.