Sword of Novara


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Circa 1500
During the French Wars in Italy, the army of Louis XII was driven out of Milan in 1513 by the League of Cambrai.  This alliance, created by Pope Julius II, consisted of Spain, Naples, the Holy Roman Empire, the Papacy, the Swiss Cantons, England and several Italian city-states. A French army of 10,000 under Louis de la Tremoille occupied Novara, 28 miles west of Milan, and the League forces moved against this position. A Swiss army of some 13,000 attacked the French camp, catching the defenders by surprise.  A deadly battle ensued with the Swiss mercenaries defeating the French, although suffering heavy loss to their own ranks.  La Tremoille, however, suffered 50% casualties and hundreds of German Mercenaries fighting for the French surrendered, only to be executed by the vengeful Swiss.  The loss at Novara ended the French invasion of Italy. We have named this Italian war sword for this battle as it is of a type that would be in use by members of the league. The hilt is beautifully designed – the guard (with double rings) and the pommel, both with floral detail, have a rich patina finish. Grip has attractive raised ridges for a firm hold and is covered in leather. The well tempered high carbon steel blade has a long ricasso, three fullers and has decorative etching. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®. Picture can be seen in “Armi bianche Italiane”.

  • Overall: 50-1/2"
  • Blade: 40" long, 2" wide, 3/16" thick
  • Wt: 5 lbs


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