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The 'living' sword in early medieval northern Europe : an interdisciplinary study

@inproceedings{Brunning2013TheS,
  title={The 'living' sword in early medieval northern Europe : an interdisciplinary study},
  author={Se Brunning},
  year={2013}
}
This thesis explores perceptions of two-edged swords as ‘living’ artefacts in Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia between c. 500 and 1100. Taking inspiration from recent anthropological and archaeological research into ‘artefact biography’, it considers two interlinked avenues of ‘life’: (1) the notion that swords could acquire life-histories, personalities and other person-like qualities; and (2) the nature of their relationship with warriors (as opposed to other members of society). The… 
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