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Château d’Harcourt, Harcourt, Eure, France.
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The Château d’Harcourt is the cradle of the Harcourt family. The first stone castle here was built by Robert II d’Harcourt, a crusader companion of Richard the Lionheart.  Harcourts appear later among the most important barons of Normandy. Jean II d’Harcourt was a Maréchal de France.  The castle is one of the best preserved castles in the country and contains the oldest arboretum in France.

Château d’Harcourt, Harcourt, Eure, France.

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The Château d’Harcourt is the cradle of the Harcourt family. The first stone castle here was built by Robert II d’Harcourt, a crusader companion of Richard the Lionheart.  Harcourts appear later among the most important barons of Normandy. Jean II d’Harcourt was a Maréchal de France.  The castle is one of the best preserved castles in the country and contains the oldest arboretum in France.

art-of-swords:

European Sword

  • Maker: unknown
  • Dated: 1300-1350
  • Culture: probably made in Italy, Europe
  • Medium: steel [blade]; blackened iron, copper alloy [hilt]; wood and leather [scabbard]
  • Measurements: overall length: 42 15/16 inches (109.1 cm). Blade: 36 inches, 2.6 lb. (91.4 cm, 1.16 kg). Pommel: 2 1/16 inches, 1 3/8 inches (5.3 × 3.5 cm). Blade length: 35 15/16 inches (91.3 cm). Blade width: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm). Quillon width: 6 3/4 inches (17.2 cm). Quillon block depth: 9/16 inches (1.4 cm)

The sword features Arabic inscriptions at the base of the blade, but it was probably made in Europe for the Middle-Eastern market.

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