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

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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

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.

Bryan Kelly : Yes , more of this please ..

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

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."

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

msjoanofthearc : Thank you for a very informative presentation.

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

Dublinerscraic : Top tier content!

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

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

Stewart Boling : Sue, thank you for being.

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.

ahobbitstail : Well done Sue, very impressed

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

kingdavidapple : In literature of the time (too little, alas) some swords have names. The owner of that sword may have named it "ash." (The middle English letter called ash was æ & Æ; might not correlate.)

Thomas Zaccone : Awesome. Love swords and the Anglo-Saxons. Waes thu hael! ( No thorn on keyboard)

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

Victoria N : Loved this! <3

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

David Jackson Jackson : Very good presentation i enjoyed it very much well done,I look forward to !any more.

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

Charles Prokopp : Brilliant and convincing reasoning behind the origin of the term "Ring-Giver", one that had never crossed my mind. I'd always thought the ringed hilts were a practical thing: an attachment point for a wrist-strap or a lanyard of some kind. Changed my mind.

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

Priestofbabylon : More Sue, please!

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?