Death of Æthelhere at the Battle of Winwaed, AD 655 Illustration by Angus McBride in a work by Osprey Publishing
Æthelhere (died November 15, 655) was King of East Angalia from 653 or 654 until his death. Æthelhere was a member of the ruling Wuffingas dynasty and was one of the three sons of Eni to rule East Angalia as Christian kings. He was a nephew of Rædwald, who was the first of the Wuffingas of which more is known. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86thelhere_of_East_Anglia
The Battle of the Winwaed (Brythonic: Maes Gai; Medieval Latin: Strages GaiCampi) was fought on 15 November 655 (or 654) between King Penda of Mercia and Oswiu of Bernicia, ending in the Mercians’ defeat and Penda’s death. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Winwaed
Bastei in German translates as bastion and you can easily see why this name was chosen for this towering rock formation, situated on the River Elbe near Dresden in the German Free State of Saxony. Towering almost 200 meters over the river below, Bastei was formed by water erosion over a million years ago. In recent times it has become such an object of fascination that a bridge linking a number of the rocks was constructed, and is itself something of a marvel of Victorian age engineering.
Measurements: overall length 94.5 cm. Blade length 79.4 cm
Presented in conserved excavated condition with patina characteristic of a river find, the sword has a broad flat blade tapering slightly over its upper third, formed with a short blunt point. The central part of the blade surface is showing distinct pattern-welded horizontal patterns formed in three vertical parallel lines over the greater part of the blade length, both “herringbone” and wavy linear.
The edges and the area immediately below the point are forming a frame forged in a less distinct pattern of vertical irregular wavy lines, fitted with pommel of two-part construction. The lower piece is elliptical with horizontal medial ridge, while the upper part is thinner in section, both sides being vertically segmented by two shallow recessed panels bordered by a series of very narrow ridges and a pair matching narrow flutes. Together they are forming a lobated upper edge, but the crosspiece is a modern reconstruction “aged” to match.
For a detailed study of swords from German collections dating from the 8th-12th centuries and for their categorisation, see Alfred Geibig, “Beiträge zur morphologischen Entwicklung des Schwertes im Mittelalter”, in Offa-Bücher. Band 71, Neumünster 1991. The pommel on the presented sword is classified by Geibig as Kombinationstyp 3 (see pp. 33-36, fig. 4.)
FINALLY: Israel accused of its warcrimes by members of parliament in the UK
"We should not equate the occupied with the occupier, we should not equate a refugee population of 1.7mil imprisoned in a tiny strip of land, with prison guards, we should not equate terrorists firing rockets with a supposedly "civilized" state systematically killing women, children, disabled and elderly people…If UK and other Western governments fail to discriminate between the actions of Hamas and israel, hundreds of Palestinian civilians will continue to die and the annexation of Palestine by israel will continue.”