Sword of King Henry VIII

  • Swords And Knive
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

This extremely unique sword was a gift to King Henry VIII (England), from Pope Leo X in 1521. In part, for his military incursions into France to stop Catholic heresy as well as his self-written document titled "In Defense of The Seven Sacraments". This also earned him the title of "Defender of The Faith" from The Catholic Church. This Sword was silver plated (long worn) with a silver and crystal handle and cross hilt. The handle was designed to hold a relic (rumored to be a piece of bone from St, Peter). Although this sword served no "official" function, given Henry's penchant for weapons - he no doubt prized it (even after his split from Catholicism). The Sword is currently kept at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.