Monday, 9 October 2017

War Silver

Ancient Persian armour and chain mail. Beautifully crafted, patterned, lettered - a rich man's protection. Now in a collection and housed in a glass case.

Who made it? 
How much did it cost. 
Who commissioned the ensemble? 
How did the wearer see action? 
In which conflict? 
Which side won?
Was there more than one owner?
Did the armour work?
Through whose hands did it make its way into the 21st century?

Echoes of Beowulf, Arthur, Valhalla, Temple knights... Battle cries, desperate last stands, routs, honour and courage. Tattered colours, mud, blood, gasping for breath... a last cry.

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