Emperor Christian Victor I

Emperor Christian Victor I

Monday, 29 December 2014

Tiaras and Trinkets on Tuesday (Swords)

 It seems strangely appropriate as we consider the volatile times we have recently come through facing the Arcwhite Crisis to discuss the quintessential weapon of history, the sword. Swords may in some respect fall in the "trinkets" category as far as modern practical application is concerned but for Royalty, they serve as with most other Royal trinkets as a symbol and in this case a very direct one, that of power.The symbolic value of a sword comes from its obvious practical design intent, as a weapon. As such, as part of Crown Jewel Collections in Europa, swords serve as the symbol of the monarch's or monarchy's power. Also the aspect of it being used in in times gone by serves as a link to history and often to foundational battles and wars that may have served in the founding of countries. Therefor a sword may often be the very one used by a revered figure from history on a real battlefield.

The surprising discovery of the Reichenthal Vault earlier this year restored many secretly hidden artifacts once thought lost from history to the public. Let us begin our topic discussion with one famous sword in particular that came to light in that most extraordinary find.

The Kingdom of  Hispania has long bemoaned the supposed loss of the Sword of the Lion Heart which disappeared somewhere in the 18th century during the Franconian revolution and its tumultuous effect on the Hispanian history. Some say it was stolen by revolutionary troops who were attempting to have the Franconian revolution spill over into Hispania but now it seems that it was hidden away and forgotten.

Whatever the facts are, the sword has returned to Hispania and now forms part of its Crown Jewel Collection again.

Knighthood is a very formal and history laden ceremony that always requires a sword. It stems from the middle ages where an existing knight would dub his faithful squire on the shoulder with his sword to raise that servant to the ranks of knighthood.

The tradition of "dubbing" a knight during the investment ceremony requires an actual sword. The sword does not have to be a specific one but some Knighthood Orders have over the centuries acquired one attached to the specific order. In the former Empire of Scot-Britania, now the two separate countries of Scotney and Britania, the particular sword was destroyed during the 1996 Revolution. Today, the ceremonial Head of the Order of the Diamond Star, the Crown Prince Imperial, uses this new replica sword for bestowing knighthoods as in the preceding picture.

In this 2014 State Portrait of Duke of Swann, we see His Royal Highness with a rapier sword in hand.

This 18th century Taza Rapier is the Duke of Swann's favourite as it is the very style of sword that evolved into the modern sport of fencing that the Duke is an ardent fan of and participator in. This specific sword has been in the Swann collection since it was first won in a duel by an an ancestor of Prince Daniel.

The most famous and revered sword in all of Europa is the Sword of St. Victor. It has seen actual war and survived the 1996 Revolution. It form part of the spectacularly valuable and historic Imperial Crown Jewel Collection and has returned to its native soil along with its owner and custodian, the Crown Prince Imperial. Without receiving any media mention this powerful symbol was displayed at the Crown Prince Imperial's first official public appearance in 2009. Many thought it was lost along with the Crown Jewels but prudence and saw EmpressCrystobel save it along with many other art treasures and her own son from the destruction of the 1996 Revolution. It was kept safely hidden for almost two decades and now history is better off for it. 

The sword was a gift from the Mithrandir to the young King Victor of Britania, second cousin and only heir of the evil King Dagobert of Britania who's ill treatment of Arcwhite led to their insurrection and eventual independenceIt was said to have been made by the legendary blacksmith monks of Obsidian Island and imbued with prayers for peace. It is also said that this sword, although seeing many battles, has never killed a single person but won its fights through skill bringing an enemy into submission rather than death. 

The starkly elegant yet clearly sharp and dangerous Sword of St. Victor is an impressive sight but is also imbued with history and symbolizes the unity between Scotney and Britania. At a later stage it was gifted from the King of Britania to that of Scotney. It was then subsequently used in wars against Britania but reverted back to Britania after defeats and then eventually bestowed again as a sign of piece and eventually became the Imperial Coronation Sword.

It is often said that words cut deeper than a blade and that the tongue is mightier than the sword. It seems that as far as Royal symbols go, the sword will always be used to declare a countries intent to honour or dishonour, save or ravage, be gracious or worthy of a clash of blades.


  1. Did you make the swords? They are beautiful and well done.

    1. Thank you Brini. No, I didn't make them. I was lucky enough to receive them as gifts or to find the in random shops. I could make one though but never felt the urge. However in 2015 I may be making some fencing swords for my dolls.