[MR] History Blog: Swedish Warrior's Grave With 4-foot Sword

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 29 03:01:53 PST 2023

Noble Friends,

Today the History Blog reports on an unusual late-period burial which
included a 4' 3"-long greatsword.

The grave was excavated on the site of a former Franciscan monastery at
Halmstad, Sweden. Construction of the monastery of Sankta Anna probably
began around 1494. The foundation was disbanded in 1531, giving a tight
timeline for the burial. Finding a sword in a Christian burial, especially
one from this late period, is most unusual.

The sword is decorated with two inlaid crosses. It has been removed for
conservation and study. The grave's occupant was a man thought to have been
6' 3" tall. The sword, and the burial within the nave of the monastery
church point suggest he was an important noble.

The whole story is at https://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/69128 .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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