130) ABSOLUTELY FINEST 2 HAND CASTILLON MEDIEVAL SWORD FROM THE LAST BATTLE OF THE 100 YEARS WAR 1453. The best of the only five (5) known 2 hand swords to exist from the Castillion hoard in the River Dordogne. This one is better than the one at the Royal Armouries, the MET or Musée de l'Armée in Paris.
Castillion swords are from a hoard that was found in the River Dordogne in France. Its located a few kilometers downstream from the town of Castillon.
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A battle in July of 1453 was the last battle of the Hundred Years’ War. The English commander named John Talbot, (Earl of Shrewsbury) , led his men on a frontal assault of the French lines that resulted in Talbot and most of his 6,000 men being killed by heavy artillery fire; followed by a strong French attack that decimated what was left of the English.
While retreating an estimated 100 swords were placed on a barge that the French set on fire while crossing the Dordogne River. The combination of fire, ash and the soft bottom of the river resulted in the swords being preserved in an exceptionally good and unique condition.
Swords from this group were originally found in small numbers at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century. However the main hoard was not found until many years later in the 1970. Won't last.