The sole surviving piece of the original Polish crown jewels, the Szczerbiec—or “Notched Sword“—is the ceremonial sword that was used to crown Polish kings from 1320 to 1764. Legend states that it was given by an angel to King Boleslaw, who chipped it on the gates of Kiev in 1018, yet the sword only dates to the 13th century, raising questions about the veracity of the tale. Looted by Prussian troops in 1795, the sword was not returned until 1928. Why is there a slit on its blade below the hilt? More… Discuss

2 responses to “Szczerbiec

  1. My parents used to have a miniature of Szczerbiec, maybe 20 cm long, used as paper knife… It was a highly detailed copy and that slit was there too. The slit probably served as a place to attach the relics of the saints.


    • Could be, we can research that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories: we are memories, and every bit of those memries take us places where we cannot (most of the time visit in any other way). Those who encourage living solely in and for the moment, don’t realise that before we were, the meory of us was already in our parents! We are seeds of memories in bloom!


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