A handful of nice oriental sword photographs I discovered:
Image by Lawrence OP
"St Alban was the 1st British martyr. Nearly nothing at all about him is acknowledged for particular – even the date of his martyrdom is unknown, and historians’ estimates fluctuate between 209 and 314 A.D. (more recent historical research suggests the mid-3rd century).
Alban was a Roman who lived in Verulamium and sheltered a fleeing Christian during a persecution. He was converted, and was executed. Whether the persecution was that of the emperor Diocletian or the emperor Decius – regardless of whether Alban pretended to be the fleeing Christian, and so died – whether any of the miraculous circumstances of his martyrdom actually transpired – all this is, by now, recognized only to God.
This does not suggest that St Alban did not exist. His cult was by now well established by the 12 months 429, and on the hill in which custom explained he was martyred, a excellent abbey grew up which at some point gave its name to the town. This sort of cults do not appear from nowhere and the neighborhood folks conserved in their tradition only what they essential to know – that there had been a martyr there. The fact that legends grew up all around him is absolutely nothing uncommon for the time, and does not cast any doubt on his existence, any a lot more than the legends that gathered round Alexander the Wonderful (who, as “Iskender,” grew to become the hero of a lot of oriental myths that had existed lengthy just before his birth) cast any doubt on his existence".
Today, 20 June, is his feast day, and this detail of a stained glass window by Christopher Webb is in the church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn.
There ended up many different variants of seal script which formulated in each and every kingdom independently in the course of the warring state period of time and spring and autumn. The ‘birds and worms script’, was used in the Kingdoms of Wu, Chu, and Yue. It was discovered on a number of artifacts which includes the Spear of Fuchai, and Sword of Goujian.
Bronze sword of King Gōujiàn of Yuè (late Spring & Autumn), with bird script detail–aspect of inscription: "越王自作" Yuè Wáng zì zuò, “Made by the King of Yuè”. Húbĕi Provincial Museum
On a single facet of the blade, two columns of text have been visible. In total there are eight characters published in an ancient script. The script was located to be the 1 named "鳥蟲文" (literally "’birds and worms’-characters" owing to the intricate decorations to the defining strokes), a variant of zhuan that is really hard to study. First analysis of the text deciphered six of the characters, "越王" (King of Yue) and "自作用劍" ("made this sword for (his) individual use"). As a southern state, Chu was close to the Wu-Yue influences. Chu created wide bronze swords that ended up equivalent to Wuyue swords, but not as intricate. Chu also utilized the challenging to read script named "Birds and Worms (鳥蟲文)" style, which was borrowed by the Wu and Yue states.
Picture by AnnaM
Peter Morwood’s assortment of museum-grade historical sword replicas, and Eoin Meehan’s oriental weapons, including the amazing wobbly tai-chi sword (with the red scabbard)