Live-stream Arms & Armor Presentation: Knightly Origins

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History / Heritage - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Saturday, March 6, 2021
11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
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Worcester Art Museum
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55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Cost: Free
Description: Who were knights? What does the term knight mean? How far back does the idea of knighthood go? In this presentation we will look at the origins of the knight and take a look at the Norman knights who laid much of the foundation for what knighthood would later become.

The sword pictured here is of the cruciform style quite typical for the period. It has what was in the mid-11th century a fashionable “brazil nut” style pommel and bears a series of marks engraved on both sides of the blade running down the fuller. On one side three horizontal lines, a stylized cross and a repeat of the lines. One the reverse it has the stylized cross, three horizontal lines and a repeat of the cross. Often symbols were placed on the blade for luck or were maker’s marks or even the maker’s name. In this case they possibly reference the Christian Trinity. Such a sword would be familiar to Norman knights and Crusaders.

Image: Sword, probably German, 1050–1150. Steel, 98.5 × 4.9 × 85.7 × 16 cm (38 3/4 × 1 15/16 × 33 3/4 × 6 5/16 in.), 1 lb, 10 oz (weight). Arms and Armor, The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection. 2014.59

Join us for these fun, informative programs, and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor, including those used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and more! (Programming subject to change)
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