Insights from Historical Artwork

A rare Swedish example of sword & buckler vs. long sword.  Note the small wounds on the arms, hands, and chest.  The figure on the right appears to indeed hold a longer doublehand blade rather than a single-hand sword double-gripped.  The buckler seems to be blocking or deflecting as the longer blade's egde is behind it. This may be a civilian judical combat. Note also the leather chaps covering the swords above the hilts. Form  an illustration in the chapter on violent crimes from the State laws of King Magnus Eriksson, 2nd half of the 14th century.

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