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RICHARD the LIONHEARTs Sword
Inspired by his namesake, sword features prominently the proud and fierce visage of the lion. Its presence repeats itself upon the gorgeously decorated blade, though nowhere is it more striking than on the pommel where a pewter-toned sculpted head, teeth bared and blood-red jeweled eyes agleam, emerges from its gold leaved border. Beautifully distressed leather wraps the grip in rich brown, making a fine contrapuntal backdrop to the floral and silver diamond riveting. The intricately detailed gold and silver plated hilt features the Lionheart shielded crest baring winged dragons . The low maintenance 420 stainless steel blade is mirror polished. Overall length 101.6 cm. Sealed with Marto’s world-renown quality, the Richard The Lionheart Sword is a highlight to any sword enthusiast’s collection. Decorative use only.
The Story of Richard the Lionheart
Richard I was a king’s king – a shrewd politician, generous to his people and unfalteringly courageous. He was a king who led his men into battle and with them fought side-by-side against the enemy.
While Richard Plantagenet is revered as one of the great warrior kings of England, he is perhaps best known as "the absent king." This is due to the fact that during his reign from 1189-1199, he spent a total of six months in England. This aside Richard I was well known for his bravery which earned him the nickname "The Lionheart". A name that has reached epic and mythological proportions, best seen in literary works such as Robin Hood and Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe.
For such a brave and noble man, King Richard's death came about in a rather strange way. In Chalus, Aquitaine, a peasant plowing his fields came upon a treasure. This treasure consisted of some gold statues and coins. The feudal lord claimed the treasure from his vassal, Richard in turn claimed the treasure from the lord, who refused. This prompted Richard to siege the village.
During the siege Richard was riding close to the castle without the protection of full armor. He spotted an archer with bow in hand on the wall aiming a shot at him. It is said Richard paused to applaud the Bowman. He was struck in the shoulder with the arrow and refused treatment for his wound. Infection set in and Richard the Lionheart died on April the 6th 1199. He was buried in the Fontvraud Abbey in Anjou France.
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