Henry V was King of England from the year 1413 until his death in 1422, at the ripe old age of 35. In his 35 years, though, he became one of England’s most important monarchs for several reasons, including his many victories in the Hundred Years War. Until his untimely death from dysentery, he was recognized as a powerful warrior and military leader – fighting from as young as 14, and leading an army at the age of 16. Despite the long list of achievements, Henry V is most remembered for his unparalleled military techniques displayed at the battle of Agincourt. Greatly outnumbered and starved, the English forced defeated the French almost entirely due to the young King’s military strategy.
The Henry V battle ready sword, labeled as a type XVIII.1 by Ewart Oakeshott, was apparently ” hung above the chantry of Henry V until it either fell, or was taken down and stored away in an old chest”. When studying the Henry V medieval sword, Oakeshott described it as “the very epitome of a fighting weapons” and as “one of the most beautiful medieval swords to handle I have ever known.” Oakeshott was so impressed with the sword, that he later described it as “..no mere funerary object, but as a magnificent fighting sword which comes to life in one’s hand.”
Okeshott’s final comment describes this medieval sword perfectly. While the blade gracefully tapers to an acute tip, the 2″ wide blade dawns a four-sided flattened diamond cross section, typically associated with type XVIII Medieval Swords. As a whole, the design of Henry V’s sword, mostly due to its blade geometry, makes this as one of the most interesting battle ready swords to handle. Quick, powerful, and light, the Henry V battle ready sword is considered as one of the best conceived weapons of the middle ages.
Photograph of the original sword
Henry V Sword
Westminster Abbey, England
Type: XVIII.1., 15th Century Sword.
- 1060 High Carbon Steel, Tempered to a Rockwell of 53
- Guard and pommel: Mild Steel
- Total length: 34.5″
- Blade length: 27″
- Blade width at base: 2.25″
- Weight: 2lbs 2 oz.
- Blade thickness: 1.8mm
- POB: 3″
- Comes with Scabbard and Interlaced Belt