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In the News UK: Unlucky Viking sword could be yours for £120,000

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Dateline UK via Daily Mail Online

Is this England’s unluckiest sword? Viking broadsword was on the losing side of four of history’s greatest battles

An unlucky sword used by the losers of the Battles of Stamford Bridge, Hastings, Bannockburn and Boroughbridge over a period of 250 years is expected to reach £120,000 at auction.

It is believed that the 11th century broadsword was originally carried to Britain by Viking raiders when it was captured, only to be lost a few weeks later at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

In 1314, the sword was carried to Scotland at the Battle of Bannockburn, where the owner was forced to retreat having witnessed his nephew axed to death.

However, the cursed sword’s bad luck continued at the Battle of Boroughbridge in 1322, when the unfortunate owner was speared in the anus and killed.

Now, the weapon is going to be auctioned by Christie’s auction house in London.

The 27-inch 11th century Viking blade features an iron cross-guard. The sword has the coat of arms of Sir Humphrey de Bohun (seen right) who captured it at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and whose nephew Henry was killed Bannockburn by Robert the Bruce.

According to Christie’s the sword was captured three weeks before the Battle of Hastings after King Harold, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England defeated the Norwegian raider King Hardrada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire….”

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