Anya asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

What did the Sword symbolize in the Medieval period?

What did the sword symbolize as in the medieval period in the middle east? In Europe and such.

More details the better please! And it'll help if you leave a source to where I can find this info about symbolism of the sword to the medieval time period.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Historically, the sword developed in the Bronze Age, evolving from the dagger; the earliest specimens date to 1600 BCE. The Iron Age sword remained fairly short and without a crossguard. The spatha as it developed in the Late Roman army became the predecessor of the European sword of the Middle Ages.

    Non-European weapons called "sword" include single-edged weapons such as the Middle Eastern saif, the Chinese dao and the related Japanese katana; these would more accurately be described as sabres or backswords, but their high prestige in their respective cultures favoured the use of "sword". The Chinese jian is an example of a non-European double-edged sword, like the European models derived from the double-edged Iron Age sword.

    The word sword comes from the Old English sweord, cognate to Old High German swert, Old Norse sverð, from a Proto-Indo-European root *swer- "to wound, to cut".

    The names given to many swords in mythology, literature, and history reflect the high prestige of the weapon and the wealth of the owner. As the sword has historically been a weapon of high prestige, it has become symbolic of warfare or state power.

  • It depends on what type of sword, country, family and much more

    for templars it was a holy weapon to defend the holy land, it was a cross

    for others it was power, authority, respect, like King Arthur and Excalibur

    for others its the same or small families had some little story behind it

    it all depends on location, heritage, and tradition

    but mostly it was a weapon of God, because Catholicism and Christianity were so widespread in Europe that it was a cross for the crusades, but portable

  • 9 years ago

    During the Middle Ages swords weren't exactly cheap to produce. Thus to own a sword meant one of four things. You were most likely wealthy enough to buy it, it had been passed down in your family, you'd taken it in battle as the spoils of war, or you'd flat out stolen it. As only the wealthy could afford to purchase a new sword it was thus deemed a symbol of power and authority. The wealthy usually being the nobility, who held the power and authority over the poor under them.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Depends on which country etc you are referring to. However, in general the sword was a symbol of power and authority.

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  • 9 years ago

    It depends, according to the Belgian Catholic Church the sword symbolizes sadness.

  • 4 years ago

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  • 9 years ago

    It symbolized stabbing the life out of people

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