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Re: Mini 001 Normans

Thanks, I didn't know that. What was the reason that the sword was carried this way?

Re: Re: Mini 001 Normans

Hi Dominic

As already stated this is correct. Even the Bayeaux Tapestry shows this habit. The reason must be a practical one, so I would guess this helped keep the scabbard under control. Perhaps a medieval reenactor could enlighten us?

Re: Mini 001 Normans

I now realized that this is correct. Someone also told me that there is a drawing in Ospray's Campaign Series on Hastings 1066 with a Norman on horseback with his sword carried this way.

Thanks everyone for the information. I will look for more pictures or drawings.

Re: Re: Mini 001 Normans

Well, I'm no reenactor but do some military riding; especially at the trot your sword and scabbard can be a real jingling nuisance- it makes noise, bumps into your horse (which tends to annoy them, which they then take out on you!) and if it swings around to much the straps can break and you lose it, usually at an inconvenient moment....
There are different solutions: multiple straps to the scabbard to keep it more steady, sabretaches, attaching the sword to the saddle rather than the rider (the preferred option since about 1880) and apparently sticking most of the thing under your mail coat!