The Perfect Sword
Forging the Dark Ages
Written by Paul Gething , Edoardo Albert
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Revelatory and fascinating ... the kind of book that Wayland the Smith would have adored
Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
[a] wonderfully well-written, entertainingly discursive and absorbing account of swordcraft and archaeology'
a thought-provoking account of swords and warfare in early medieval Britain'
This fascinating book should appeal to many . . . abundantly confirms that the Dark Ages were not so dark when it came to metalworking
About the Book
The story of the Bamburgh Sword – one of the finest swords ever forged.
In 2000, archaeologist Paul Gething rediscovered a sword. An unprepossessing length of rusty metal, it had been left in a suitcase for thirty years. But Paul had a suspicion that the sword had more to tell than appeared, so he sent it for specialist tests. When the results came back, he realised that what he had in his possession was possibly the finest, and certainly the most complex, sword ever made, which had been forged in seventh-century Northumberland by an anonymous swordsmith.
This is the story of the Bamburgh Sword – of how and why it was made, who made it and what it meant to the warriors and kings who wielded it over three centuries. It is also the remarkable story of the archaeologists and swordsmiths who found, studied and attempted to recreate the weapon using only the materials and technologies available to the original smith.
Paul Gething is Director of the Bamburgh Research Project. He studied Archaeological Science at the University of Sheffield and began excavating in 1987. Since then, he has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, France, Spain and the length and breadth of the UK. He has written for History, Current Archaeology, The Great Outdoors and Time Out.
Edoardo Albert is a London-based writer of Italian and Sri Lankan extraction who specialises in religion, travel and archaeology. His previous books include: Warrior: A Life of War in Anglo-Saxon Britain and Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom, both of which he co-authored with Paul Gething.
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