Swords from the Past

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My father loved history.  He grew up in a very rural town in southern New Mexico.  He often told me that books were his way to escape his surroundings during his childhood and adolescent years. Through reading and travel, he learned about various points of European history that would equal the knowledge of a true historian. He often took me on his travels throughout the world where we could see living remnants of history that I had read in my school texts. We would also explore antique stores to admire remarkable pieces of furnishings, art, and other collectibles. This exploration of novelty antiques led my father to make some very rare purchases. Some of my favorite pieces of his collection  were his replicas of Celtic and Spanish swords, even a breastplate.

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My Father’s medieval replica of a Celtic sword.

For me Outlander is more than just a fascinating story, it has also provided a pathway for me to get back to my first academic interest of history.  It has opened doors to inquire, investigate, and follow the real events that are inlaid in the series.  In addition, it has made me relook at the historically related finds my father admired and loved to collect.

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My Father’s medieval replica of a Conquistador Sword.

I see similarities between the swords my father had treasured and those portrayed in Outlander.  I only have the descriptions of each sword as he had once described. However, the detail and physical attributes of each example is undeniable.

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My Father’s replica of a Royal Scottish Claymore Sword, intricately designed with a lion and unicorn.

In all truth, holding each sword brings a whole new meaning to what it must have been like to manage this type of weapon.

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The intricate pommel of a Lion and Unicorn on my Father’s replica of a Royal Scottish Claymore Sword.

After all these years, I still find myself admiring these pieces from my father’s collection.

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My Father’s own display design of his medieval Celtic and Conquistador swords, and replica of a Conquistador breastplate.

Random as these finds were so many years ago, they have been brought back to life because of my love of Outlander.  How can you not admire these replicas of history without thinking of our beloved characters?  I know I can’t!

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My Father’s replica of a Spanish Castilla and Leon breastplate.  It is a replica of the Spanish armory worn primarily by foot soldiers during the 16th century.  The two fleur de lys and the central oval depict the coat-of-arms of the Castilla and Leon regions of Spain.

As I watch Outlander, I am constantly reminded of the attention to historical detail. The weaponry used by the Highlanders and British soldiers were no exception.  In the video, Inside Episode 206 ‘Best Laid Schemes’ from Starz, there is a brief discussion of the level of preparation and choreography that is involved in creating the sword fighting scenes.  The most anticipated scene can be found in this episode;  the duel between Jamie Fraser and Black Jack Randall. This inside look was so insightful, as the producers discuss the level of preparation that was required to bring this scene to life.  It was no easy feat.  Take an inside look at Episode ‘Best Laid Schemes from STARZ by clicking here to access their link. You won’t be disappointed!

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If you would like to discover real life artifacts of Bonnie Prince Charlie, you may find them on temporary display at the Perth Museum & Art Gallery.  This exhibit will present his sword and targe, or Highland shield, that was found following the Battle of Culloden.  In addition, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition will open at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.  This will be a must see exhibit, one I personally would love to visit one day. ♥  If you have the opportunity to see these exhibits, please share your photos.  We would love to see them!


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