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The Birth of the Longsword

June 25 @ 2:00 pm

The “Birth of Longsword” program will use period artwork and surviving examples to explore the origin of the longsword in medieval Europe. The use of the sword in two hands is a key focus of most of the surviving combat manuals of the 15th century, but the origin of its form and early use is unclear. Craig will look at the various influences and weapons that contributed to the birth of the longsword and how it became such a focus of our ideas of the medieval period today.

Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor, and western martial arts for over 30 years. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Museum members receive a 50% discount. Castlerock Museum will be open at 1pm for visitors that would like to see the exhibits beforehand. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.