The Frankish Empire And Its Swords
|Born to Rule (or to Be Killed)|
|The Frankish Empire (also known as Frankish Kingdom, Frankia, Frankland) was the territory inhabited and ruled by the Franks, a confederation of Germanic tribes, during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. It starts with the Merovingians, who we know from before. Here is a very brief history of the Fankish Empire (mostly based on Wikipedia).|
|Clovis (ca. 466 511) was the first King of the
Franks and the founder of the Merovingian dynasty that ruled the Franks for the
next two centuries. His father was Childeric I, whose
sword hilt we
In the 150 or so years before his coronation in 496, a confederation of various tribes like Sicambri, Saliens, Bructeri, Ampsivarii, Chamavi and Chattuarii, fought the Romans, each other, or were allies of the Romans. Nevertheless they established some "Frankish" territory in what is now France. Around 428 the Salian King Chlodio, a member of the Germanic Franks from the Merovingian clan, ruled over an increasing number of Gallo-Roman subjects on both sides of the Rhine.
His name is Germanic, composed of the elements "hlod" = "fame" and "wig" = combat. The French, of course, later wrote it "Clovis" and pronounced it like "Louis", the name born by 18 kings of France.
The Frankish core territory then was Austrasia (the "eastern lands"); see the map below or on a larger scale here. Chlodio was a Christian and, like his forebears, under constant attack from the heathen Saxons in the North.
After his death in 511 the Kingdom was partitioned into 4 parts, ruled by his four sons:
kids did well. During their reigns, the Thuringii (532), Burgundes (534), and
Saxons and Frisians (c. 560) were incorporated into the Frankish kingdom. The
"trans-Rhenish tribes", the guys across the river Rhine in the East
or the Alemanni in other words, could on occasion be forced to contribute to
Frankish military efforts but then were uncontrollable and liable to attempt
independence in times of weak kings.
The fraternal kings showed only intermittent signs of friendship and were often in rivalry. Chlothar, for example, upon the early death of his brother Chlodomer, had his brother's young sons murdered so the three remaining brothers could, in accordance with time honored custom, take equal shares of his kingdom.
In 558 the entire Frankish realm - much larger now - was reunited under the rule of one king: Chlothar I because all his brothers and their offspring expired before him (with a little help on occasion).
In 561 Chlothar died and his realm was divided, in a replay of the events of fifty years prior, between his four sons. The chief cities remained the same.
| Charibert I
|These kids did not do
all that well - they fought each other over women. War was waged because
Galswintha, the wife of Chilperic, was murdered (allegedly) by his mistress
(and second wife) Fredegund. Galswintha's sister, one
Brunhilda, was married to Sigebert and incited
him to revenge Galswintha by going against Chilperic. The conflict between the
two queens continued to plague relations until the next century - and here you
have a possible source of the famous
After the usual back-and-forth (like the assassination of Sigebert in 575) three parts or Frankish kingdoms emerged around 590: Neustria, Austrasia, and Burgundy for the next round of princelings.
Austrasia plus parts of Aquitaine
Burgundy plus rest of Aquitaine
|These guys were the sons
of Childebert II, Brunhilda'a son, and they took over much of the empire in
595; the rest being hold by Chlothar II, Chilperic's successor. Most of their
time, however, was spend by fighting each other. Theudebert kicked out Grandma
Brunhilda from his court, something that annoyed her so much that she succeed
to convince her darling grandson Theuderic to kill Theudebert in 612.
Just your normal family feud but with the result that the realm was once more ruled by just one man - but only for one year because Theudebert died in 613, while preparing an expedition against Chlothar who still held a few cities.
During those exciting times the empire had won territories in the South (Gascony) but was in trouble at its Eastern border where the Alemanni were acting up and produced major trouble.
Theudebert left a 10 year old Sigebert II as successor but now the powerful nobility of the Empire had had enough. A kind of rebellion, lead by one Chlothar, son of Fredegund, succeeded and Sigebert II plus Brunhilda were killed and Chlothar was "elected" to be King Chlothar II in 613.
|Chlothar II (584629) now ruled the empire. Since 623 he did that together with his son Dagobert I who was made King of Austrasia to quell some unrest there.|
I (c. 603 639) became full King in in 628, when Chlothar
died. In accordance with his father's wishes, he granted a subkingdom -
Aquitaine - to his younger brother Charibert
II. He lost and won various battles and thus territory. He also
managed to re-unite the empire once more by assassinating his brother's infant
son and successor, another Chilperic.
But like his father, he was forced to grant the Austrasians their own king - his son Sigebert III in 633. The Austrasians and the Burgundians hated the "noveau-rich" people from Neustria (meaning "new [western] land") who by then also had started to call their land "Francia".
|And so on for a while longer.
After Dagobert's death in 639 lingering rebellion broke out openly and was
fuelled by some "mayors" (German "Maier" or
"Meier") the caretakers of possessions and cities for the kings and
their folks. Civil wars broke out, and in 687 one Pepin (German: Pippin) of Heristal, the mayor of Austrasia and the real power in that
kingdom, won the battle of Tertry and became "Duke and Prince of the
Franks". As far as we know some Merovingian monarchs still existed after
that but with only symbolic relevance if any at all. And now you know why
Oakeshott called the
Merovings "the most bloody and inefficient dynasty
which has ever disgraced a nation".
When Pepin died in 714 all hell broke loose once more until his illegitimate son, one Charles took over in 718 and became known as Charles Martel or Charles, the Hammer. No more Merovigians in power. From now on the Frankish empire was run by Carolingians.
|Charles Martel (c. 688 741) wasn't called
the hammer for nothing: "In 718 he defeated the
rebellious Saxons, in 719 he overran Western Frisia, in 723 he suppressed the
Saxons again, and in 724 he defeated Ragenfrid and the rebellious Neustrians,
ending the civil war phase of his rule. In 720, when Chilperic II died, he had
appointed Theuderic IV king, but this last was a mere puppet of his. In 724 he
forced his choice of Hugbert for the ducal succession upon the Bavarians of
Hugbert and forced the Alemanni to assist him in his campaigns in Bavaria (725
and 726), where laws were promulgated in Theuderic's name. In 730 Alemannia had
to be subjugated by the sword and its duke, Lantfrid, was killed. In 734
Charles fought against Eastern Frisia and finally subdued it", says
Wikipedia, and it hasn't even come to Charles major victory yet.
Charles Martel is best know for stopping the Islamic conquest. In the battle of Poitiers and Tours around 735 he crushingly defeated the invading "Arabic" army that already had taken most of Spain and was now moving towards what is now Southern France, see below.
Shortly before his death he divided the empire between his sons:
|Grifo only got a small part and was
of no consequence. The two others, surprise, fought each other, the Saxons, and
plenty others. In between Carloman found time to kill all of the Alemanni
them into a trap. However, at some point he retired and became a monk.
Pepin the short, also known as Pepin III, was now the only real power left. He made himself King - with some help (for a little consideration, like parts of Italy) by the Pope.
Pepin had two sons; a Charles and another Carloman, who together inherited the empire. Carloman II, however, followed the example of his namesake uncle and retired early to a monastery where he died shortly after. That left the stage free for Charles, who is still well known under the designation:
|Charlemagne or "Karl der Große" (ca.
745 814); we
before as the bearer of a
Charles was bent on having those heathen Saxons christianized; the folks who
lived in North Germany just below the Vikings - look a the map above. After
winning a battle in 787 at Verden, Charles ordered the wholesale killing of
thousands of pagan Saxon prisoners, following the example of his uncle
Carlomann. After several more uprisings, the Saxons suffered definitive defeat
Charlemagne conquered most of what there was to conquer and created a realm that reached from the Pyrenees in the southwest over almost all of today's France (except Brittany, which the Franks never conquered) all the way eastwards to most of today's Germany, including northern Italy and today's Austria.
|On Christmas Day 800,
Pope Leo III crowned Charles as "Emperor of the Romans" in a ceremony
presented as a surprise (Charlemagne did not wish to be indebted to the bishop
of Rome), a further papal move in the series of symbolic gestures intended to
increase the power of the church.
The ceremony formally acknowledged the Frankish Empire as the successor of the (Western) Roman one. That enraged the Byzantines who claimed the successorship to the Roman empire themselves. It took a while before the Byzantine Emperor Michael I Rhangabes finally acknowledged Charlemagne as co-Emperor in 812.
I mention this to show that the Frankish empire had relations to Byzanz, the former Constantinopel and present-day Istanbul. It also had relations to Arabic / Islamic sword bearers - it was fighting them in a major way in Spain. It is thus quite likely that crucible steel swords were known in the West around this time.
|Charlemagne died in 814 leaving only one surviving son, Louis the Pious, who ruled until 840 - not without much internal and external struggles. After his death his son Charles the Bald ( 823 877) took over but the empire started to decline and eventually split for good into what later was to become France and Germany.|
|If you read through all of the above, you must have gotten the impression that the empire was at war all the time, including internal unrest and civil wars. Yes, up to a point that was the case but for the population a large the (later) Frankish empire provided for far more peaceful living than the older times when smaller local clans and kingdoms fought each other all the time. Wars at the fringes of the empire where far away from Aachen for example, one of Charlemagnes major residences (you find it on the map above). Moreover, the armies fighting wars were small in comparison to modern times. Estimates come up with 5000 or at most 30 000 soldiers.|
|Prolonged peaceful times with some
security for people, production, trade and commerce will produce cities with
specialized artisans, big buildings, and a general infrastructure that is
simply not possible in small towns or Kingdoms. Indeed, large and
buildings sprouted up for the first time after athe collapse of the Roman
More important for us here, the production of iron and steel must have gone up steeply, too. This is described in the backbone so I will not repeat it here.
|What I will do here is to give a quick look at the Frankish arms and the export restrictions for those arms, including swords. They are the core evidence for the belief that "Viking era swords" were originally made in Frankia. That does not mean that all swords in most of Europe came from Francia. All and sundry forged their own standard swords locally but essentially tried to copy the Frankish design and technology. Frankish swords, however, were ahead of the others and always the best. I have no problem in adopting this point of view; it's just like German cars nowadays. However, it is still a hypothesis and not a certainty.|
|The Frankish Empire And Its Arms|
|Notker the Stammerer
(Latin: Notker Balbulus; c. 840 912) wrote a collection of anecdotes
regarding Charlemagne: the "Gesta Caroli Magni" (The Deeds of Charles
the Great) where he attributes the success of Carolingian armies to their iron
weapons. The emperor and his entire army are portrayed as outfitted with an
iron helmet, cuirass (a single or multiple piece of metal covering the front of
the torso like Roman stuff), thigh plates, greaves (piece of armor that
protects the leg), iron shields and gloves for protection, swords and spears
for attacking. This is most likely not completely true (they certainly also
carried bow and arrows) but we might assume that Frankish armies were well
equipped. They must also have been large enough and quite disciplined to defeat
Notker also mentions that Frankish arms and armor were exported widely, and that the Vikings wanted to purchase the superior swords and other weaponry.
|We still have a few contemporary
"illuminated" manuscripts (unfortunately always with religious
contents) like the Stuttgart Psalter that might show
what Frankish army equipment looked like. I'm writing "might" because
there are good reasons for believing that the ancient artists did not
necessarily use contemporary soldiers as models but were also influenced to
some extent by older paintings, especially from the Byzantinian empire.
Nevertheless, the swords shown in these pictures,
as we have seen, do look
like the few ones found in the Frankish empire and the thousands found outside.
What we don't know is if the rest is accurately shown, in particular the helmets, because no helmet from around 800 AD has ever been found.
Here are some mounted Carolingian warriors from the Psalterium Aureum:
|The Psalterium Aureum was made in the second half
of the 9th century in St. Gallen, a monastery in today's Switzerland. Note the
peculiar helmet, and also note that a steel helmet was a very valuable piece of
equipment, just as expensive as a good sword. It was also an extremely
important piece of equipment. With an unprotected head you couldn't last long
in battle, especially if attacked by cavalry.
Here is another picture from the "Vivian Bible", the Bible of Charles the Bald. It was commissioned by Count Vivien, the lay abbot of St. Martin at Tours, and presented to Charles the Bald in 846.
|Same type of helmet, typical Frankish sword, and
a cuirass type body armor. Unfortunately, these guys look a lot like warriors
or Nobles in Byzantine or Roman times and may not show authentic 9th century
Below is a picture showing a Byzantine or Hellenistic helmet and a sculpture of some Roman hotshot. There is a similarity
|Guys who look a bit like those described by Notker can also be found. The helmets are of the same type as above. In addition they are wearing some kind of mail coat or "brunia" and carry lances, swords and torches (they are just putting the city of Edom to the torch). At least the swords are right.|
|How large was a Frankish
"army"? That is of some interest because it tells us something about
the magnitude of the iron and steel weapons business. The forging of a 7th
century pattern welded sword could only be done by a master smith, and he and
his assistants were at work for something like 70 hours, just for the blade.
One eminent historian (F. Lot) came up with the number 5.000 and this was it - until recently. Around 1970 it became clear that this was a typical "ex cathedra" proposition, based on nothing but what F. Lot thought about the question. Meanwhile the number has increased to 30.000 or so, based on estimates of how many warriors would result if one adds up what the King could have raised. Many entities like abbeys, monasteries (more then 200 in Charlemagnes empire), royal "patatia" (domains), duchies, and so on were required to send a specified number of soldiers if asked so by the King. Several 1000 entities existed that were under obligation to provide, and far more then 5000 could have been raised.
That means that a lot of swords were needed, plus all the other hardware like helmets, mail, lance points, daggers, and so on. Obviously the weapon forging industry was not only up t the task of equipping the Frankish army but had enough spare capacity to make all these swords and other items that were found outside the empire all over Europe.
|We are forced to conclude that the industry must
have grown a lot in the 7th and 8th
century. There can be no doubt about that. We are not quite forced to conclude that the productivity must have
gone up too, but there are good reasons to believe that this has happened.
Bloomeries produced more and better iron and steel from the same amounts of raw
materials, sword smiths had access to better materials at lower prices, and
forging methods became simpler and thus faster. Exactly how that happened is
I have given a few more details about that already in the backbone. You also may want to read Radomir Pleiner's article1); looking a the issue from the viewpoint of the "East".
|One of those turning points in history, instrumental not only for the building of the Frankish empire and thus the advancement of iron and steel technology, but the fate of all of Europe, was the battle of Tours on Oct. 10th 732, when Charles Martel defeated a superior force of an invading and plundering Islamic army led by Emir Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi Abd al Rahman of the Caliphate of the Abbasids. The Caliphate was a huge empire (look at the map!), put together not entirely peacefully in the name of Islam. Large parts of Spain had already fallen after 711, and the Emir was on the brink to move into Gaul / France for good. God (whichever one) only knows what would have become of Europe if the Emir would have won the battle.|
|Charles Martel had only infantry at
this disposal. All or most were without armor and the head count must have been
between 15.000 and 75.000. The Muslims commanded an armored or mailed cavalry
besides the infantry, and counted between 60.000 and 400.000 according to
(unreliable) ancient sources. The lower numbers are most likely closer to the
truth, and the disparity might not have been as bad as 1 : 4 or 1 : 5.
Nevertheless, the Muslims had the upper hand in quality and quantity and should
have won the battle. They didn't because of some clever strategies of Charles
Martel and, obviously, because the Frankish soldier must have been up to his
counterpart in all respects, including the quality of the weaponry.
If the Muslims carried swords made from crucible steel they didn't make a big impression on the Frankish, who wielded pattern welded swords or all-steel sword made from bloomery steel.
An Arabic account states: "And in the shock of the battle the men of the North seemed like a sea that cannot be moved. Firmly they stood, one close to another, forming as it were a bulwark of ice; and with great blows of their swords they hewed down the Arabs. Drawn up in a band around their chief, the people of the Austrasians carried all before them. Their tireless hands drove their swords down to the breasts of the foe."
|In 736 the Caliphate launched another massive invasion - this time by sea. It landed in Narbonne in 736 and took Arles. "Charles Martel once more descended on the Provençal strongholds of the Muslims. In 736, he retook Montfrin and Avignon, and Arles and Aix-en-Provence (with the help of Liutprand, King of the Lombards). Nîmes, Agde, and Béziers, held by Islam since 725, fell to him and their fortresses were destroyed. He smashed a Muslim force at the River Berre, and prepared to meet their primary invasion force at Narbonne. He defeated a mighty host outside of that city, using for the first time, heavy cavalry of his own, which he used in coordination with his phalanx. He crushed the Muslim army, though outnumbered, but failed to take the city. Provence, however, he successfully rid of its foreign occupiers" writes an unidentified expert on the Latin Library Internet site.|
|Here we may have an important point for the development of the long swords or spathae in the Frankish empire. Charles Martel learned from his foes that a cavalry was a good thing, set out to establish one of his own, and became the father of western heavy cavalry (with stirrups!). A cavalry man needs a long sword, and he needed discipline and extensive training. The old paradigm for raising an army, best described by "call up the free men with whatever equipment and skills they have to follow the king on a campaign" was now challenged, and eventually fully professional units materialized.|
|All of that seems to have interfaced
with technology development and possibly the centuries-old iron working
technology along the river Rhine to the point that a "Made in
Franconia" label on a sword had about the same impact as the "Made in
Germany" label on present day cars and much other stuff. Some other
countries make cars, too, and some are not notably worse than German cars, but
... well, you know yourself what you would get if you could 2).
And we know about the superiority of Frankish weapons because of the export restrictions. Funny enough, present day Germany also has a lot of export restrictions on things like fuel-cell powered submarines or Leopard tanks. The restrictions, however, did not prevent the spreading of the weapons all over the place - neither 1200 years ago nor right now.
|We know about restrictions of
exporting weapons (and many other things) from the "Capitularies", legislative or administrative
acts, edicts or laws issued from the King; in particular Charlemagne and the
Kings before and after him. The name comes from their formal division in
capitula = chapters (German: Kapitel).
A capitulary was sent to the various functionaries of the Frankish empire, and the chancellor kept a copy in the archives of the palace. In other words: Bureaucracy had started.
Here are few capitularies and edict of interest to us because they contain export restrictions3):
|Capitulare Herstallense, AD
No one should dare to sell bruniae outside our kingdom.
A brunia (German: Brünne) is most likely a suit of chain mail but it may also denote just body armor in general
|Capitulare Mantuanum, AD 781:
Let no one sell arms or stallions outside our kingdom.
|Capitulare missorum, AD
Merchants must not get leg guards or bruniae.
The Capitulare missorum also specified the armament the cavalry needed to possess: horse and armor, shield and lance, longsword (spata) and sax (semispatuma). In the letter sent by Charlemagne to Abbot Fulrad in 806, a bow and several quivers of arrows was added.
|Capitulare de Villis vel Curtis
Imperialibus, around AD 800:
"Every steward shall have in his district good workmen, that is blacksmiths", plus a large number of other workmen like weavers. Blacksmiths, just as gold- and silversmiths, have no special status compared to all the other artisans and workmen enumerated. The steward is also instructed to make an annual statement of all the King's income, including income from forges and iron-working among a long list of other income.
|Capitulary of Aachen, AD
The Capitulary of Aachen made it obligatory for counts to have bruniae and helmets in reserve, in order to equip horsemen destined to be armored knights. However, infantry and cavalry men were not required to possess body armor. Foot-soldiers were to be with a shield and lance as well as a bow with a spare string and twelve arrows.
|Capitulare from Thionville,
The Capitulary from Thionville says that merchants who travel in the territories of Avars and Slavs must not take arms and bruniae with them to sell.
|Capitulary of Boulogne, AD
"It has been decreed that no bishop or abbot or abbess or any rector or custodian of a church is to presume to give or to sell a brunia or a sword to any outsider without our permission; he may bestow these only on his own vassals. And should it happen that there are more bruniae in a particular church or holy place than are needed for the people of the said church's rector, then let the said rector of the church inquire of the prince what ought to be done concerning them".
|Edictum Pistence, AD 864, says that no man may without the King's permission may give or sell bruniae or weapons to a foreign man, and further that greedy priests must not let the nortmanni (= Vikings) have bruniae, weapons or horses.|
|Charles the Bald in AD 864 was reinforcing the old laws on exports. He threatened death to anyone caught supplying Vikings with arms.|
|It didn't work too well. Not only did
plenty of swords and other hardware make it to people outside the empire, the
discrimination against Non-Franks was not well received in certain parts. The
Vikings, according to some sources, figured if they couldn't legally buy the
stuff, they just as well could take it by force and started raiding the empire
and other parts of Europe. That is probably a bit too simple minded but there
might be some truth to it.
Anyway, the fact that the Frankish rulers tried to restrict the spreading of their weapons together with the fact the these weapons were coveted by all and sundry, does provide a strong argument for the hypothesis that the Frankish heartlands were the leading centers of early medieval iron and steel technology. If one equates the Frankish heartland by the general regions along the lower Rhine valley, including what is today Suebia, it should come as no surprise. Nowadays this region supplies the world with Mercedeses and Porsches.
|Going for the best always means that
you pay more. During the reign of Charlemagne, the Lex Ribuaria, a 7th-century
collection of Germanic law, gives the following numbers:
"If someone must pay wergild, than a horned, sighted ox counts for 2 solidi. A horned, sighted and healthy cow counts for 1 solidus. A sighted and healthy horse counts for 7 solidi. A sighted and healthy mare counts for 3 solidi. A sword with scabbard counts for 7 solidi. A sword without scabbard counts for 3 solidi. A good breast plate (or chain mail byrnie) counts for 12 solidi. A usable helmet counts for 6 solidi. Good greaves count for 6 solidi. A shield and lance count for 2 solidi."
Why a scabbard should be so expensive is a bit unclear. Probably the whole system, with belts and silver trimmings, is implied.
|The "Saracenes", the Islamic forces in the Caliphate, also went for Frankish swords. They demanded 150 swords as ransom for Archbishop Rotland of Arles in 869 - on top of 150 pounds of silver, 150 coats and 150 slaves. The Franks, in turn, put some value on the swords they had captured from the Islamic Forces in Spain or elsewhere. One source refers to them as "spata india", Indian swords - a clear indication that these guys new where Saracene swords or at least the steel for their blades came from.|
|What do we know about the master
smiths in the Frankish empire who were able to forge complex pattern welded
blades or advanced all-steel blades, not to mention chain mail, helmets, and so
on? And the people in the supporting infrastructure like the the guys (and
galls) who dug out the ore, smelted the iron / steel, finished the blades, made
scabbards, and so on?
The answer is rather clear: Almost nothing.
|We can be rather sure, however, that every town
had a blacksmith who made or mended the every day objects needed in any farming
community. And we can be rather sure that most of the iron smelted was going
into these more
pedestrian things. The "weapon smith" (German: Waffenschmied) was
a specialist, most likely focussing on just a few objects, e.g. either swords
or chain mail. His market was restricted and since he was a valuable asset to
the upper class in need of weapons, he was probably "owned" by his
superior - like most everybody else.
Anne Stalsberg3) uses the ugly word "slave" for this and points out that the slave trade was a large part of the economy in the Frankish empire - and in all the others. She refers to two rather telling examples:
|Could slaves have the high level of skill required to forge a sword, not to mention the motivation? Certainly! Slaves were not necessarily an uneducated lot but just as bright and possibly better educated than their masters. The "be motivated or else" managing principle has also worked quite well throughout the millennia. Nevertheless, giving all the secrets in the process chain needed for making a complex blade, one is entitled to wonder if the work of a slave could really measure up to that of a free master smith who was the scion of a long list of master smiths before him, learning the secrets for making master blades from his father.|
|The answer is simple. Any able bodied person with a minimum of talent can make chain mail after some training. Making a complex pattern welded sword is no problem either for a handy slave as soon as this can be done by a standard process without any special secrets. The slave still needed to assess the right temperature by the color of the hot iron, for example, but this is not too difficult if you know what to look for. Same thing for the right time in the quenching liquid, and so on.|
|In other words: The strong increase in the quantity of iron things and especially complex steel weapons triggered by the building of the Frankish empire most likely also triggered a certain "industrialization" of the process. No longer just single master smiths with a few helpers here and there, but concentrated manufacturing with a hierarchy of money-driven managers on the top, intermediate levels of specialists and shop bosses, and plenty of cheap labor in the form of slaves.|
|This is contrary to the notion that blacksmiths had a special position in most society, and therefore could not have been slaves. First, the special position might have existed - but it might have been right at the bottom of the social latter, like in Africa. If the social position of smiths was not right at the bottom, it was not very high up either for sure. Frankish literature like the "Capitulare de Villis" above makes rather clear that smiths were not seen as special at all.|
|If all of the above this is right, we
also can understand why Frankish weapons abound outside the empire, despite all
|1)||Radomir Pleiner: "Vom Rennfeuer zum Hochofen Die Entwicklung der Eisenverhüttung, 9.-14. Jahrhundert", in: EUROPÄISCHE TECHNIK IM MITTELALTER 800 bis 1200. Ein Handbuch; herausgegeben von Uta Lindgren. (1999?) p. 249 - 256|
|2)||One upon a time, when I arrived at the JFK airport in NYC still half asleep, I picked the wrong line ("USA citizens only") for the immigration procedure. The officer, a young guy, gave my wrongly colored passport one look and said: "Can't you read?" I woke up and replied "Sorry about that, excuse me please". When I was about to turn back he asked me: "where are you from?" I said: "Germany", which elicited the question: "What car do you drive?" I replied "A Mercedes sports car" and got the response: "You are excused." He did whatever they do in their cubicles and I could enter the Land of Plenty except good cars.|
|3)||The data are mostly from Anne Stalsberg's and Valerie Dawn Hampton's articles.|
Books and Other Major Sources
Defect Etching in Silicon
Myths and Bullshit Around Quenching
4.3.1 Nirvana for Crystals
Critical Museum Guide: Museums in Istanbul, Turkey
Critical Museum Guide: "The Vikings" Special Exhibition from Oct. 2014 - Jan. 2015 in the Martin-Gropius-Bau
Critical Museum Guide: Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus; Denmark
Critical Museum Guide: Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, Germany
Antique Texts Concerning Iron
Old Suebian Things
Danish Bog Sacrifices
11.4.2 Blades of Viking Era Swords
11.3.3 Evolution of Pattern Welding
11.4.3 Ulfberht Swords
Large Pictures chapter 11.4
11.4. The Transition to All-Steel Swords / 11.4.1 Viking Swords
Antique Texts Concerning Crucible Steel
Migration Period Swords and Fancy Hilts & Pommels
Serpent in the Sword
Maps of Various Cultures
Medieval and Modern Texts Concerning Crucible Steel
Old Sagas, Heroes and Swords
Iron in Africa
Analyzing the Forging of a "Viking" Sword
Large Pictures II
Large Pictures III
Theoderic's "Thank You" letter
The Kieler Notung - Hidden
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