Eloquent, exceptionally erudite history of the "Queen of Weapons." Traces sword’s origin — from prehistory to its full growth during early
Reprint of the Chatto and Windus,
Richard Francis Burton was an explorer, translator, writer, soldier, spy, fencer, and diplomat. He is most famous for his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and the Kama Sutra and for having been the first European to visit the Great Lakes of Africa. He traveled to Mecca in disguise and spoke nearly thirty languages. He died in 1890.