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A Note On The "Hungarian Sabers" Of Medieval Bulgaria

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Ever since the late nineteenth century, a group of sabers have been singled out, which have been found in late ninth- or tenth-century assemblages attributed to the Hungarians of the "conquest age" (honfoglaló). So far, no scholar studying the "Hungarian sabers" took into consideration specimens from Bulgaria. This chapter presents various analogies for either whole sabers or their components which point to a rather homogeneous group of weapons justifying the name bestowed upon them. Their chronology strongly suggests an association between such weapons and the Hungarian raids into Bulgaria during the first regnal years of Symeon (895-912) or with their expedition against Byzantium during the tenth century. However, the large number of finds so far known, which can only be compared to those of Hungary, points to a widespread use of the "Hungarian sabers" in contemporary warfare.

Keywords: Hungarian sabers; medieval Bulgaria



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