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During World War II, Air Raid wardens had the task of patrolling the city streets during blackout to ensure that no light was visible. If a light was spotted, the warden would alert the person responsible by shouting "Put that light out!" or "Cover that window!".
This Blackfriars Sword is inspired by a sword that was found in the mudbanks of the River Thames near Bull Wharf, Blackfriars. It is dated to around 1340-50 and is a typical knight's sword of the period. It is now held in the Royal Armouries collection.
Edward, Prince of Wales, popularly known as the Black Prince, was an exceptional military leader and his victories over the French at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers made him very popular during his lifetime.
The Pugio was a soldier's dagger that was used as a sidearm by Roman Legionaries and Auxiliaries at the time of the Roman Conquest of Britain. It seems likely that is was designed predominantly as a thrusting weapon in much the same way as the larger 'Gladius' sword. It is understood that Pugio daggers were used in the assassination of Julius Caesar.
The crossbow revolutionised infantry warfare allowing armies to field large numbers of missile troops without the expense of having to employ skilled archers, who were usually trained from boyhood. Armies of Mercenary Crossbowmen were not uncommon and as many as 3,000 were employed in battles such as Agincourt.
The Corbridge Lorica Segmentata was found as part of a larger hoard during the 1964 excavations of Corbridge Roman Town near to Hadrian's Wall. Dating from between AD122 and 138, the contents of the hoard were found in excellent condition, due to the way that they were buried in an iron-bound, leather-covered wooden chest.
This style of Roman Legionary Helmet or "galea" dates from the 1st Century BC to the 2nd century AD. It is of the "Imperial Gallic G" type, a style influenced heavily by the craftsmen of Gaul (France), This style of helmet was no doubt worn by Roman Legionaries during Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain and was worn by the soldiers that garrisoned Hadrian's Wall.
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