Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C is for Claymore

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9

a-to-z-letters-cI’m in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for the month of April.  I need your help!  To meet this challenge, I’ll be doing one post a day, working through the alphabet.

Your job is to comment and keep me motivated!  Let me know you’re out there and following along.  Can she make it?  Will she?  Of course she will!  With you as my cheering section, I won’t be stumped by J or Q or even X.

So without further ado, here is today’s post.

claymore-ben_nevis-1C is for claymore.  Or, Gaelic claidheamh mòr “great sword”, if you prefer, used in Scotland from the Middle Ages forward.  It’s still in ceremonial use today.  Length and weight varied, probably by the size of the person wielding the sword, but claymores are said to have been 50 inches or more in length and weigh more than 5 pounds.  Because of that, it was most often used two-handed.  There’s some debate about whether they were used on horseback, but several sources maintain that they were.  

SWORDS OF SCOTTISH HEROES, including the Bruce's sword, the sword of William Wallace and the sword of the Black Douglas. From www.facebook.com/pages/Celtic-Scotland

SWORDS OF SCOTTISH HEROES, including the Bruce’s sword, the sword of William Wallace and the sword of the Black Douglas. From Celtic-Scotland on Facebook

You’ll find claymores in use in my Highland Talents series.  Highland Healer is out now and Highland Seer will be out later this year, both from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and other retailers.

Interested in finding the other nearly 2000 blogs participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge?  Click on the title, then scroll down to find the signup list.

About these ads

2 comments on “Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C is for Claymore

  1. Samantha says:

    Hi there! Just stopping by to throw you some motivation :)

    I love learning new words, so thank you for introducing me to “claymore”

    Happy writing!
    Sam
    Writing Through College

  2. Somehow I thought they would have weighed more for their length. Interesting info.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s