History of the Brian Boru Sword- Surrounded by his Dalcassion Knights, Brian Boru marched into Leinster at the head of about thirty thousand men at the beginning of April, 1014. His three divisions were joined by Malachy II, King of Meath. They encamped, as they had done the year before, in the war against Maelmordha, near Kilmainham. After both armies had viewed each other it was agreed to determine the fate of Ireland by a general battle on the plain of Clontarf. Brian offered the Danes battle on Palm Sunday, which they declined. But on Good Friday, signified by their dispositions, they were about to open their attack.
Brian felt much grieved that a day so sacred to Christians should be destined for the work of death. But with dauntless spirit and a calm confident exterior, he issued orders, arranging his troops in order for battle.
Their ranks had been formed before daylight and as the sun rose, Brian rode through the lines of his soldiers with a crucifix in one hand and a drawn sword in the other. He reminded them of the day selected by the pagan invader to offer battle and exhorted them to conquer or die. Standing in the centre of his army and raising his powerful voice, his speech was worthy of so great a king and so good a man, "Be not dismayed my soldiers, because my son Donough is avenging our wrongs in Leinster. He will return victorious, and in the glory of his conquests you shall share. On your valor rests the hopes of your country today and what surer grounds can they rest upon? Oppression now attempts to bend you down to servility. Will you burst its chains and rise to the independence of Irish freemen? Your cause is one approved by Heaven. You seek not the oppression of others, you fight for your country and sacred altars. It is a cause that claims heavenly protection. In this day's battle the interposition of that God who can give victory will be singularly manifested in your favor. Let every heart, then, be the throne of confidence and courage. You know that the Danes are strangers to religion and humanity. They are inflamed with the desire of violating the fairest daughters of this land of beauty and enriching themselves with the spoils of sacrilege and plunder. The barbarians have impiously fixed, for their struggle, to enslave us upon the very day on which the Redeemer of the world was crucified. Victory they shall not have! From such brave soldiers as you they can never wrest it for you fight in defense of honor, liberty and religion-in defense of the sacred temples of the true God and of your sisters, wives and daughters. Such a holy cause must be the cause of God, who will deliver your enemies this day into your hands. Onward, then, for your country and your sacred altars!"
Corcoran, one of the marshals of Brian, was the first to fly to the tent of the monarch with the intelligence of the death of his son Murrough. He found Brian kneeling before a crucifix; and the heroic old warrior, on hearing the sad news, though that the battle had been one by the Danes, and instantly said: "Do you, and the other chiefs fly to Armagh, and communicate my will to the successor of St. Patrick. But as for me, I came here to conquer or die, and the enemy shall not boast that I fell by inglorious wounds." At this instant, Brodar, The Dane, with a small party, rushing in their despair towards a small wood near which Brian's tent was erected, resolved, in the madness of his desperate rage, to be avenged for the defeat of his countrymen by killing the king of Ireland. The aged but heroic Brian, seeing them rush into the tent, seized his great two-handed sword, and with one blow, cut off the legs of the first Dane that entered. Brodar, entering next, struck Brian on the back of his head with his axe; but in spite of the stunning wound, Brian, with all the might strength for which he was renowned, by a fortunate stroke, cut off the head of Broder, and killed the third Dane that attacked him; and then calmly resigned himself to death. Thus, in the eighty-eighth year of his age, in the midst of conquest, fell one of the bravest, wisest, and noblest of all the kings of Ireland, whose reign exhibits the most splendid display of glory in all the annals of his country. His long life is a jewel which his country will wear forever, irradiating his glory upon the humblest of her sons........The Danes were pursued to their ships, Dublin was captured........It is said that the army of Brian set fire to houses long into the night so that they would have light by which to discover the fleeing enemy.
The sword comes numbered and with a Backstrap.
There will only be 400 numbered pieces made.