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This is one of several books Oakeshott wrote for a young audience. The pommel usually takes an oval Brazil-nut form or a disk-shape. At this time in the s and s antique swords could still be picked up cheaply and Oakeshott began collecting them. You had to be there to see this old frail man rise in his pride.

You must be logged in to access all the features of myArmoury. After leaving school, Oakeshott studied at the Central School of Art in London, then became a commercial artist and illustrator with his own practice in London.

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The grip is generally short average 3. His ability to see the context clearly is what created the depth of his insight.

His second wife, the novelist Sybil Marshall —survived him, along with a son and two daughters from his first marriage. Their warmth and open handedness to a young enthusiastic stranger was remarkable. Of the two days that we were able to spend with him, I will never forget the actual initial meeting.


Among enthusiasts of the sword, a firm familiarity with Oakeshott’s major works is considered a prerequisite even to begin conversations on European swords.

He wielded these gifts with an unflinching chivalric courage. What made Oakeshott’s typology oakehsott was that he was one of the first people either within or outside of academia to seriously and systematically consider the shape and function of the blades of European Medieval swords as well as the hilt, which had been the primary criteria of previous scholars.

Even when ill he retained his warmth and sense of humour. I have lost a teacher, a mentor and most of all a dear friend. All rights are reserved to that material as well. This may be single and quite broad or multiple and narrow. In distinction from type XV, these blades almost always feature a raised mid-rib reinforcing the blade for thrusting, and in the examples of The Records of the Medieval Sword, can be seen to have a less linear and constistent taper along the edge of the blade, sometime showing a subtle acceleration of the taper toward the very tip of the blade.

Ewart Oakeshott: The Man and his Legacy —

Toggle navigation The Oakeshott Institute. I forgot my password Oakeshtt for an account. Oakeshott served as President of the Society in He lived a long and good life. It was pretty funny afterward. His tireless lifetime effort of studying and celebrating the swords of Europe was to result in ewzrt number of important book titles that have become standard reference works.

European Weapons and Armour: As he served, Ewart explained how he had acquired the dagger in the s, for a few shillings, and that he considered it perfect for serving quiches and gateaux. A Knight and His Weapons First published in with a second printing in Learn more about Amazon Prime.


He left his wife for her and they became partners for life and married inafter the death of Oakeshott’s first wife, Margaret Roberts. I knew and admired Ewart Oakeshott for nearly forty years, we were I oa,eshott kindred spirits. It features a broad and flat blade with an average length of 80 centimetres 2. Love John John Waller. The grip is often extended to oaksshott one and a half or two hands.

Learn more at Author Central. In many subjects today it is said that we see so farther only because we stand on the shoulders of ewqrt.

He was also among the first to change his views about the historical use of Medieval swords and other cutting blades, eventually stating unequivocally that they were not used for edge parries. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Another anecdote worth sharing was when several of us were in his garden examining and measuring some of his swords while I tried out a few slow moves with them to get a more subjective and holistic feel for the pieces.

Why the Castle was important to the knight, as well as its strategic importance as a base of power is also discussed.