Viking sword has colorful history

Auctioneers at Christie's have announced that they will offer for auction a double-edged Viking sword associated with the battles of Hastings, Stamford Bridge and Bannockburn. The sword is expected to bring between UK£80,000 to £120,000. (photo)

Believed to have been owned by Sir Humphrey de Bohun, joint commander of the English forces at the Battle of Bannockburn, the broadsword may have been first taken as a spoil of war at Hastings. Christie's spokeswoman Dernagh O'Leary said, "Whilst it cannot be proved, it is not at all inconceivable that the blade of the present sword was captured or taken as a trophy by de Bohun at Hastings and was later remounted to become a family sword."