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I'm looking for information and examples of swords in Britain around 400 - 500 ad. Pictish and Scots swords from the same period will do.

I understand that the Roman Spatha may have been used as a model for Romano British swords but how did the hilt, grip and pommel change?

All I can find on the web are Roman, "Celtic" and Saxon Swords.

Thanks in advance.
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the book "Sheaths and Scabbards in England AD400-1100" available from oxbow books might be help - in a tangental sort of way.

It gives a lot of info on the sizes of sheaths and scabbards etc.

Its not an easy read though - very academic.

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Thanks BrendanGrif, I'll see if the local library can blag me copy.

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I seem to recall that there is an Osprey covering this period. Arthurs Pictish Wars or something like that. I know that many thenty-police look down on some Osprey induced claims but its somewhere to start at least.
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Thanks Neil,

I think I've got that one in the loft somewhere (D'oh!).

Right, now if I can only find the step ladders!
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BrendanGrif wrote:the book "Sheaths and Scabbards in England AD400-1100" available from oxbow books might be help - in a tangental sort of way.



It won't, as all of the scabbards relevent to the period Mark's interested in, are Germanic ones.

It's a good book though, for those of us that like making sheaths and scabbards. 8)
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