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Top Seven Legendary Swords

by AaronAhmadi   May 25, 2011 at 12:00AM  |  Views: 53,650
3. Wallace Sword

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Standing at 5 feet 6 inches and weighing in at six pounds, this killer Claymore was used by William Wallace, a Scottish patriot who fought courageously during the Wars of Scottish Independence at the end of the 13th century. After Wallace was victorious at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 (where the sword was allegedly used), Wallace became the Guardian of Scotland. Unfortunately his battling came to an end in 1305 when he was captured and hung for high treason by the English. Still, Wallace’s legend lives on to this day.

2. Tomoyuki Yamashita’s Sword

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The “Tiger of Malaya” General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Imperial Japanese Army served during World War II. Yamashita’s claim to fame is the fact that he invaded and conquered Malaya and Singapore in 1942. The real story here though is that this resulted in the absolute largest surrender in British history, when Yamashita’s 30,000 soldiers effectively captured 13,000 British, Indian, and Australian troops.

1. Crocea Mors (sword of Julius Caesar)

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The legendary Crocea Mors, Latin for “Yellow Death,” was Julius Caesar’s sword that he took to battle against the British. According to the History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth, this sword was said to inflict a mortal wound to anyone it touched. When Prince Nennius of Britan fought Caesar, Caesar lodged the sword into his enemy’s shield, forcing him to retreat. It was later that Prince Nennius used the powerful Crocea Mors to slay as many Romans as he could. Oddly enough, it seems the legend may have been true as 15 days after Nennius fought Caesar he died from a wound inflicted by Crocea Mors.

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