Edition Medieval Sword
(Oakeshott Type Xa)
of Hastings, fought on the 14th of October, 1066, shaped the future of
Medieval England. The battle is somewhat misnamed, as it was actually
fought near the current Battle Abbey, about 7 miles from Hastings.
The Sussex coastline in the 11th century was nearer to the battle site
than it is today and the only major road that linked William's landing
site to London went through the area. Harold may have chosen this particular
spot as it may have been the only piece of open ground in the area at
that time large enough for the battle.
If Harold could hold out, William would have had great difficulties sustaining
his campaign and securing his supply lines or retreat. If William won,
he would have control of the only proper road to London - the heart of
the English kingdom.
Harold's Anglo-Saxon army was in the preferred position on the high ground
of Senlac Hill. The natural terrain slopes south from Senlac to William's
position, with natural depressions on either side and marshy ground and
banks surrounding this area. The incline from the bottom of the hill to
the top is reasonably steep and, though Norman soldiers of the time would
have been fit and strong, the climb would still have been tiring in the
best of circumstances -- in a battle, it would have been a distinct disadvantage.
In the end, however, the superior position was not enough to spell victory
for the Anglo-Saxon king and instead it fell to the brilliant and ruthless
We decided to name this sword in honor of that famous hill, so pivotal
in the history of that time.
The Classic Norman
Though this type of sword would have seen use on both sides of this conflict,
the simple cruciform design is more strongly associated with the Norman
knights. This is a classic Oakeshott Xa -- a well defined and long fuller
is one of the criteria for a sword of type Xa. Many swords of this type
are represented in the Bayeux Tapestry.
They are cousins of their Viking age predecessors but are generally of
greater length. The outline may vary: Some are almost parallel in width
from base to point, while other have subtle tapering curves in the point
Most of these swords are found in the high medieval period and we have
chosen to recreate two swords that could be contemporary to the Battle
of Hastings or still be in use a century later.
These weapons are simple in outline but have a strong character nonetheless.
This is difficult to appreciate from pictures alone.
When handling original swords of this type one is impressed by a surprisingly
good balance, despite them having long blades and short hilts. It is obvious
they were meant to be used together with a shield and often from horseback.
Their reach is long and they deliver powerful blows with little effort.
This blade tapers straight to a point section that is about a third of
the length. The subtle curving in the point on this long and handsome
blade results in a graceful overall appearance.
This sword is a good example of the swords used by Norman warriors and
their contemporaries -- not ostentatious, yet brutally efficient like
the warriors who bore them.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords worldwide.
Total length: 38.75" (98 cm)
Blade length: 32.875" (84 cm)
Blade width: 2" (5 cm)
CoG: 5.75" (14.6 cm)
CoP: 21.25" (54 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 6.8 oz (1.1 kilos)
You can customize your sword's
grip color -- see the standard grip colors here.
The Senlac (Type Xa)...
now before this limited
edition collectible sword runs out!
handmade scabbard is also available for this sword.