Bearing Sword

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Ancient tradition in the use of a Bearing Sword can be traced back to 10th Century England. Not "technically" a Sword, it was nonetheless manufactured the same way. Bearing Swords were "blunted" and had no edges. All other components were the same. They measured 2 to 3-feet in blade length. Traditionally, Bearing Swords were not sheathed in a scabbard. In their use by Royalty, The Bearing Sword wad often very elaborate in decoration. Often, the blade was engraved with the reigning Monarchs "achievements" of their Reign. Bearing Swords were normally not carried by The Monarch, and as their name implied, they were carried before them or borne. Their presence symbolized the physical presence of The Monarch as she or he entered a room. Used for only the most important Ceremonies and Functions, at some point, Bearing Swords became used to convey Knighthood or a related honor upon a person. Eventually, this practice was abandoned. Replaced by the iconic (and long bladed) Zwiehander Sword, The Bearing Sword was regulated back to it's "special" function. Carried by a "Bearer of The Sword", Bearing Swords are still used in those Countries with Monarch-based Governments.