Some regular readers might be aware of my interest in prehistoric and Medieval warfare, particularly during the Late Roman and Byzantine eras, and of course Ireland’s Bronze and Iron Age periods and the cross-over into the early centuries of recorded history. Aside from researching and comparing military traditions in the ancient world, such as the socio-economic phenomenon of our own féinnithe, I have a particular fascination with military equipment, notably body armour and swords. The two videos below were recently published by Schola Gladiatoria, a weapons’-focused channel on YouTube, and feature an examination of a fantastic historical replica of a 1st millennium BC Chinese sword type from the company LK Chen Swords which they have dubbed the “Magnificent Chu Jian”. I am sorely tempted to purchase one. To the point that I probably will try to since I don’t own any non-European military replicas from the prehistoric era.
For those of you who find such historical obsessions a mystery, and I get it, give the videos a watch and see if the enthusiasm of the presenter Matt Easton might win you over.