Sue's favourite Anglo-Saxon sword I Curator's Corner season 4 episode 4
Historian talking about her favorite swords

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Sue Brunning examines some shabby looking Anglo Saxon swords. #CuratorsCorner #AngloSaxon #swords


Charles Lambert : How many people do you have to end rightly to wear down a pommel that much?

leftyfourguns : No wonder it's her favorite. It's as close to time travel as we can get. This warrior wrote us a message 1500 years ago and upon reading it in the proper context we get to relive his life in our imagination. This is the kind of stuff that makes history real and reminds us that these ancient people were just us in a different time

Damien : Wow this is easily my favorite Curator's Corner by far, I loved the passion you can tell she has for these things and the history the swords themselves exude.

karL ish : more visits to Sue's corner please! Anglo saxon history is my favourite :D.

SmevMev : That connection with the rune poem at the end is a great detail; one of the most interesting Curator's Corners yet

funnytortoise : "The ash is extremely tall, prescious to mankind, strong on its base. It holds its ground as it should, although many men attack it."

Mike Miller : Anglo Saxon and Danish lords are often described as "ring givers". I had always thought this meant they gave expensive finger rings as rewards and bribes. The information about the rings on the swords would indicate a ring giver was someone who inspired loyalty bound by oaths, which seems much more heroic than someone just doling out trinkets as gifts.

Awkward History : When will Sue be reviewing the buster sword?

Chuck Iringtwice : I like the way she cuts through to to the heart of the topic!

Marshall Roe : This past summer I had the unbelievable pleasure and privilege of being part of a group that Dr. Brunning guided through the BM's Sutton Hoo collection as well as sharing her passion for swords and their importance in Anglo-Saxon society.

Dan Marsh : One of the lines in the Havamal, an old Norse poem (not the same culture, but certainly related,) is "mæki, er reyndr er," "praise no weapon until tried."

Nai Xo : Swords are always poetic. Wonderful and informative video.

Bryan Kelly : Yes , more of this please ..

Robert Pettigrew : I loved this video, I must admit I thought they buried them with "fancy" goods but it is interesting that these weapons where not treasures but personal and important to the warrior.

HerrGesetz : Best curators corner so far. Also such a beautiful lady!

Enzo Ma : Such interesting stories you can derive from the litlte details of the swords!

Ryan N : What I like about this channel is I would have never thought before that Anglo-Saxon sword hilts were a particularly interesting subject.

Devolutheist : I think nobody is going to be upset about having more of Sue Brunning's corner here.

Pete Hall : I agree about the pommel wear - it is a comfortable place to rest the hand and gives one a manly posture - one doesn't mess around with a bloke who has his hand on his sword. I have to say that my instant reaction when seeing the ring on the pommel was that this was for a wrist loop. As you say, there are a number of explanations for these rings appearing on pommels of this period, but I am reminded of Egil's Saga (chapter 60 in the 1893 translation into English by W. C. Green, from the original Icelandic 'Egils saga Skallagrímssonar'), which mentions that Egil wound the cord attached to the hilt of his sword around his arm and let the sword hang, so that he could handle his 'halberd' ('kesja' - a spear, or similar?) easily, while keeping the sword readily available. Lodging the pole weapon in Bergonund's ('Berg-Önundur's') shield, he was quickly able to retrieve his sword and despatch his opponent before the latter could draw his. A lanyard is jolly useful in preventing loss of a weapon during combat, e.g. modern military pistols are generally fitted with a lanyard ring. Well, it's just a theory and then there's another point - why didn't all swords of this period have rings fitted? Also, there's the use of friðbönd (peace straps) to fix the sword in the scabbard so that it could not be drawn where this was forbidden... could these be attached to the rings? I am, I admit, making reference to Viking period Sagas (Egil was a Norwegian) not Anglo-Saxon practices, but since both enjoyed beating each other up on a fairly regular basis, it's at least a possibility! Anyway, thank you so much, Sue, for a really fascinating video!

Goo Lagoon : In 1,500 years some archaeologist is going to dig up that foam sword and make a Youtube video about it, mark my words.

Simon, the Senior : At least, she is wearing gloves.

Nick Widener : Great video! I'm a big fan of this lady.

Jacob Miller : Thank you for always being so intriguing and very helpful in learning new things. Love this channel so much for that reason.

Scarheart76 : I want to go around in public wearing a sword just so I can rest my hand on the pommel and be lordly.

Christopher Bernier : What a beautiful and educational video! There is always so much that swords have to teach us

Paul Glynn : Loved this video and impressed with your knowledge of swords. Just wanted to mention one type of pommel and ask a related question. The Scythians and Sarmatians usually, or frequently used a sword with a ring as part of the pommel. These are found across Asia and eastern Europe, going back at least three millennia. Are you familiar with these? My interest is that there was a related tribe, that I understand never left the Altai that was known as master metalsmiths. They had made swords of superior. manufacture and metallurgy, and I was surprised to see a couple of mentions of one found somewhere in northern Britain in recent years in a burial that was remarkably intact. The report mentioned that it was probably made by the tribe known as Kalibers, or Calibars, or similar. Are you familiar with this find, these swords, or this tribe? Extremely little on the net about this, but it is where I saw reference to the burial.

Dublinerscraic : Top tier content!

crowjr2 : Excellent content, and great presenter. More of her and Anglo Saxon artifacts please!

Vaylon Kenadell : An excellent video. Thank you for that bit of history! That being said, age does not always confer wisdom or authority; sometimes all it brings is dotage.

Trouts Bane : I'll take Sue's S-Words for $2000, Alex.

msjoanofthearc : Thank you for a very informative presentation.

Priestofbabylon : More Sue, please!

JC B : The pommel wearing shows evidence of the fidgety hand of the Ash warrior.

truthsmiles : I clicked this expecting to hear about her favorite "S-word" (word that begins with "S"). I'm so stupid.

ahobbitstail : Well done Sue, very impressed

GabdeVue : Loved so much about this video. So engaging, filled with knowledge, hands on history, presented with so much passion but respectful. This was so well cut and shot - the facts were interesting, the presenter so likable. I could listen do this for a lot longer. What a great format, thank you, British Museum!

Sam Forbes : I misread the title as "Sue's favourite Anglo-Saxon word". Could someone please kindly ask her what her favourite Anglo-Saxon word is?

Rhythmicons : She is awesome.

Stewart Boling : Sue, thank you for being.

wolfprincess182 aj : I could listen to her all day :)

Lincoln Noronha : awesome. i agree wholeheartedly

Jake Newitt : An amazing sword still in a good condition would love to be able to get that close to these artefacts

Juan Pablo Torres Cazarez : Marvelous! We want more!

Somerled : Truly a lost art. A sword handed down from one generation to the next would have the essence of memory within it. Some of my favorite tools were hand made by my great grandfather, who was a blacksmith.

proffmongo : How does Sue feel about the Claymore?

Faceofthesun : We all know what Sues real favourite sword is, don't we!

jan eisenbeton : this is a realy interresting video and informative!

iambiggus : Just discovered this channel. Couldn't be happier to sub after watching Sue and her knowledge and enthusiasm. Cheers!

Cynical MGTOW : I wish more women were absolute babes like this. Not just good looking, but also smart and interesting.