Sue's favourite Anglo-Saxon sword I Curator's Corner season 4 episode 4

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

Exile 1 : Sue is a very good presenter.

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.

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

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.

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

krassos : She's a historian with a favorite sword... is she seeing anyone?

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.

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

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."

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Bryan Kelly : Yes , more of this please ..

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."

Richard N : Is it too odd to propose in youtube comments?

Eric da' MAJ : That's pretty awesome. I think the bit at 7:00 explains why these swords were so positioned in grave burials. Plus, living in a time of constant war, good weapons become much akin to teddy bears. They proved comforting even when the warriors are well aware how out of proportion to them threats often were.   I wasn't aware of the ring accessory on such swords. The explanation seems plausible. Rings and oaths _were_ connected in everything from marriage to investing a Bishop. But it still seems odd, fiddly thing. It's just one more clattering thing have to quiet if you're sneaking up on someone or lose in a battle or vigorous running or riding. Maybe the sword was a "loaner" to a new warrior and signified as such without a ring on it. If he ran off with it other Anglo-Saxons would know he stole it. When he proved his mettle and loyalty the lord gave him a ring with similar decorations to hang on it proving it his forever. Speculation, speculation, speculation.

matty Taylor : Hi sue brunning your my very favorite.

babysealsareyummy : She pretty.

Jeff Richards : Now I’m super curious - what sort of symbol would a curator of Anglo Saxon artifacts, one who is familiar with runes and other ancient symbols, choose to have tattooed on her inner forearm?

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.

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

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

RabidMortal1 : The pommel wear explanation implies there was a correct "front" and "back" to a sword, but these swords were generally symmetrical weren't they? Why would the wearer have constantly sheathed the sword in the same orientation?

Rhythmicons : She is awesome.

SleepingGiant77 : 'Dead person' ...dead *man*. The word is man.

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!

Miquel Vico : I don't know it it is de shear charm, or the passionate and knowledgeable sword talk, but she is rely doing it for me.

Dublinerscraic : Top tier content!

professornuke : It's not swag. Try walking around with a sword on your belt. It swings around everywhere. You have to hold it still.

Priestofbabylon : More Sue, please!

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

Juan Pablo Torres Cazarez : Marvelous! We want more!

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

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.

jerk fudgewater : There is no way in hell Sue isn’t married to a 10...

Apentogo : just a thought but what it the wear of the pommels came from, "them using the pommels to smash people in the head with!" ? yknow? as they did? they even used swords as maces by gripping the blade and smashing people with the pommel and stabbing with the guard just a thought maybe im wrong maybe non of that ever did happen. it just makes sense

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!

Brian Strow : It's amazing how attractive passion is..

Night Beard : Do you think Sue LARP's?

Sylar : What book was that she read out of?

Simon bar Sinister : At least, she is wearing gloves.

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

msjoanofthearc : Thank you for a very informative presentation.

ahobbitstail : Well done Sue, very impressed