This book deals with the history of the long sword, the principal weapon used by Celts during their raids in the 4th-2nd centuries B.C. The Celts adopted this weapon from European Bronze Age cultures and completed its development after it had been superseded by short, stabbing weapons in the warfare of advanced civilizations. Nonetheless, the role played by the Celtic long sword remained considerable. In this first major study of the subject, Pleiner assesses the importance of the sword, and provides the first systematic treatment of the relevant historical and technological problems associated with its manufacture.
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Radomir Pleiner, Research Fellow, the Archaeological Institute in Prague.Review:
'major study ... The book brings together in one place some valuable information otherwise scattered throughout the literature.'
Ruth and Vincent Megaw, Flinders University of South Australia, Antiquity, Volume 67, Number 256, September 1993
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