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The double-edged steel sword, which belongs to the British Museum, is on loan as part of an exhibit celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Discovered in a river in 1825, the sword dates back to the same time that the Magna Carta was first written and was likely owned by a wealthy knight or a noble

British Library still looking for the public to decipher the inscription on this sword. A double-edged sword, 13th century, possibly of German manufacture but discovered in England in the 19th century (British Museum 1858,1116.5): image courtesy of the British Museum – The indecipherable inscription,is found along one of its edges and inlaid in gold wire. It has been speculated that this is a religious invocation, since the language is unknown. -This sword was found in the River Witham, Lincolnshire, in July 1825, and was presented to the Royal Archaeological Institute by the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln. –

It has been speculated that the language is Latin. Here is the inscription to decipher( looks rather plan for a Knights Templar sword)

+NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+

13th century River Witham sword

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