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Please visit our other sites. This system gives us a common frame of reference to use when discussing or oakesuott aspects of medieval swords and their modern counterparts. He had once said he was either born too late or too earlier; too late to have wielded swords and armor in days of yore; too early to have participated in their modern revival.

Sound of Battle with Leonard Clark — an anthology of military verse, illustrated by E.

Oakeshott’s Typology of the Medieval Sword

I will miss him. 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.

I can only pray that I live as well as he did — strong in knowledge, tempered by humility, and always willing to share. Enchantment wakens memory; Old things and rare my treasures are.

Ewart Oakeshott

The grip is often extended to accommodate one and a half or two hands. The Sword in the Age of Chivalry Feb 01, Hank Reinhardt, original founder of HACA pakeshott former president of Museum Oakeshoyt Limited, was a long time friend of Ewart and openly acknowledges the importance of his influence in his own lifetime study.

What most struck me about him was how open and approachable he was and how he was still excited about the subject, with a youthful sense of wonder and exploration.

So with help from Esther and myself he struggled to his feet and spoke.

Tribute to Ewart Oakeshott – The Oakeshott Institute

We feel it is oakeshottt to recognize his great contribution and hear about his impact on those of us who remain behind to carry on in his example. He worked at the Carlton Studios and at A. The sword was then discussed, past around and its story told.


He will be sorely missed, not only by myself but by the countless others that he touched during his long and fruitful life. I’ve heard similar stores from others, so I know my impression was not distinct. His efforts in the field he so much loved sowed the seed of the urge for knowledge in many of wwart.

See our Membership Plans for details. Filled with many line illustrations drawn by the author. The medieval “cut and thrust” swordsman, he suggested, would not have parried at all if he could help it; if he had not landed his blow first, he would have got out of the way or turned so that his opponent’s blow glanced off his armour or helmet: On the occasion of our first visit with Ewart Oakeshott and his lovely wife, Sybil Marshall, we had just sat down to lunch in their elegant dining room when I saw that he was serving the quiche using a Bronze-Age dagger.

Included are the typologies as developed by Jan Petersen, R. While the photographs may have been featured in previous works, they have been digitally enhanced here for greater clarity.

In several of these books, he described and refined a typology for categorizing swords by their blade type, pommel, and cross-guard designs into a flexible structure of sword families.

In he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Retrieved from ” https: Dark Age Warrior Jun 01, Reproduction of material from this site without written permission of The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts oaeshott its respective authors is strictly prohibited. A Knight and His Weapons. What made Oakeshott’s typology unique was that he was one of the first people either within or outside eewart academia to seriously and ewarh consider the shape and function of the blades of European Medieval swords as well as the hilt, which had been the primary criteria of previous scholars.

His uncle Jeffrey Farnol wrote romance novels and swashbucklers and also had a collection of antique swords and through these the young Oakeshott became interested in swords.


In he founded the Arms and Armour Society in Britain.

Wheeler, and Alfred Geibig. From the Oakehsott to the Industrial Revolution Nov 16, He was still staying on oakrshott of the latest research and writings and was more than happy to show off his collection and insist they be handled. His tireless lifetime effort ewrt studying and celebrating the swords of Europe was to result in a number of important book titles that have become standard reference works.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. In Oakeshott introduced the a subtype Xa including swords with similar blades but narrower fuller, originally classified under type XI. Low to High Price: 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.

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While in the UK to visit Ewart, we stopped by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to see their small collection of swords which we knew he had catalogued. InI had the honor of being among a handful of individuals to meet with Ewart and his wife Sybil in recent years and spend time in their home.

Through his landmark work, Archaeology of Weapons, Ewart Oakeshott has been credited with inspiring a generation to follow along. Before any of us he was involved privately in the martial handling of antique swords and in recreating historical fighting as far back as the ‘s.

Oaakeshott passion and openness have inspired many who have come to know the field he loved so much. The Maciejowski Bible c. 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”.

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