A detectorist in Poland has discovered a medieval sword which may have been used in the Battle of Grunwald in 1410. it has been described as a “once-in-a-decade” find.
Battle of Grunwald
On 15 July 1410, the armies of the King of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania decisively defeated the German-Prussian Teutonic Knights. It was one of the largest battles fought in medieval Europe and triggered a shift in power that would last for centuries.
Swords have a particular significance for the Battle of Grunwald. Before the battle, the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights sent two plain swords to the leaders of the Polish and Lithuanian armies. It was intended as an insult to provoke them to come out to fight.
After the Polish-Lithuanian victory, both swords were taken as a war trophy and have remained a strong symbol of Poland’s and Lithuania’s past. As shown, the present-day commune of Grunwald has the two swords in its Coat of Arms.