Types of medieval swords
falcata -a sword that, in spite of having a disputed origin, is remembered for being used by the Iberian peoples- or the sailing dagger -characteristic of the swordsmen of our country during the
Middle Ages, man made for sport and not for survival) were characterized by their rich decorations. This is the case of the weapon that the National Archaeological Museum treasures in its showcases, which has a series of metal plates with delicate floral motifs made in enamel. See the
He supervised the preparation of eight jars of sake that should be placed on individual platforms positioned behind a fence with eight gates. The creature took the bait and passed each of its heads through the various gates. Taking advantage of the distraction, Susanoo attacked and killed the beast. He decapitated each head and then continued through the tails. In the fourth tail, he discovered a large sword inside the body, which he named Murakumo-no-Tsurugi and presented to the goddess Amaterasu to settle an old debt.
Although this is the most popular theory of how Kusanagi got her name, researchers agree that it is most likely false. In ancient Japanese, kusa means sword and nagi means snake. Thus, an alternative theory is that Kusanagi means “snake sword.”
It is also said that a legendary god Gonses kiluas forged with his own hands this sword which was taken from his empire, while he was gone, it is said to have many devastating powers that are received when using it, but now it is among the Imperial Treasures of Japan with no one being able to possess this mysterious sword. Already 1374 theft attempts have been thwarted.
The word sword comes from the Latin spatha (which also served to name the Roman cavalry long straight sword), and this, in turn, from the Greek spathe. Etymologically the name remains today in French as épée, and in Italian as spada.
Chinese steel swords made their appearance from the third century BC in the Qin Dynasty: we find the single-edged Dao, sometimes translated as saber or broadsword, and the double-edged Jian.
The sword was the most personal weapon in this period, the most prestigious and the most versatile in close combat, but it began to decline in military use as technology changed warfare. Nevertheless, it maintained a major role in civilian self-defense.
When sword-wearing went out of fashion, canes took their place in the closet of gentlemen. Some cane models (known as sword canes) incorporated a hidden blade. Canne, a French martial art, developed as a fighting technique with canes and sword-sticks, until it became a sport.
Among those who spoke during the ceremony was Prat Echaurren’s widow who, with her soft and weak voice, moved the attendees by expressing with the sweetness that comes with age, the feelings that invaded her admiration for the hero. “With deep emotion my daughter Esmeralda, my grandson Nicolás and I, fulfill the wish of my husband Arturo Prat Echaurren, to deliver Arturo Prat’s sword to the Naval School”, she said on the occasion.
Our Heroes of the Sea are engraving in fire in the naval cadets their transcendent spirit with values and virtues of love for God, the Homeland and the Family, especially “Arturo Prat”, our maximum hero and exemplary sailor, who distinguishes this Naval School by bearing his name.