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Early Medieval Scandinavian coat, Viking coat  form Birka, Historical Pattern , for Viking Reenactors, Viking Costume

Early Medieval Scandinavian coat, Viking coat form Birka, Historical Pattern , for Viking Reenactors, Viking Costume

The six badges, Personal Emblems, of the wives of Henry VIII.-Left to right:   Katharine of Aragon: a crowned Pomangranate, native of Spain.  Anne Boleyn: a crowned falcon, the Boleyn falcon.  Jane Seymour: a crowned pheonix, mythical creature representing immortality,  Anna of Cleves: The badge of Cleves.  Kathryn Howard: The Tudor Rose.  Catherine Parr: Tudor rose sprouting a crowned maiden.

The six badges, Personal Emblems, of the wives of Henry VIII.-Left to right: Katharine of Aragon: a crowned Pomangranate, native of Spain. Anne Boleyn: a crowned falcon, the Boleyn falcon. Jane Seymour: a crowned pheonix, mythical creature representing immortality, Anna of Cleves: The badge of Cleves. Kathryn Howard: The Tudor Rose. Catherine Parr: Tudor rose sprouting a crowned maiden.

Silver ear spoon In the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, via Flickr.  This ear spoon has a richly decorated handle with a female figure on one side and an animal on the other.  From Birka.

Silver ear spoon In the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, via Flickr. This ear spoon has a richly decorated handle with a female figure on one side and an animal on the other. From Birka.

Parade Helmet in Hispano-Moresque Style, late 15th–early 16th century Spanish Steel, gold, silver, cloisonné enamel This helmet is traditionally thought to have belonged to Abu cAbd Allah Muhammad, known in the West as Boabdil, the last Nasrid king of Granada (r. 1482–83, 1487–92). If so, it is the only known example of armor to have survived from the Nasrid period in Spain (1238–1492).

Parade Helmet in Hispano-Moresque Style, late 15th–early 16th century Spanish Steel, gold, silver, cloisonné enamel This helmet is traditionally thought to have belonged to Abu cAbd Allah Muhammad, known in the West as Boabdil, the last Nasrid king of Granada (r. 1482–83, 1487–92). If so, it is the only known example of armor to have survived from the Nasrid period in Spain (1238–1492).

Charlemagne's sword, at the Louvre.        Charlemagne was called the "Father of Europe". His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire

Charlemagne's sword, at the Louvre. Charlemagne was called the "Father of Europe". His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire

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