Monday, 26 September 2011

The Sword of Gustavus Adolphus

(Updated in 20th Sep 2014 with a photo)

In my previous entry, I took a look at the rapier of Gustavus Vasa, who was the king of Sweden in the 16th century. The topic of this short info piece is the sword of Gustavus Adolphus (or Gustav II Adolf), who ruled Sweden in the early 17th century and modernised the country from a backwards state into one of the greatest powers of the era, rivalling those of France, Spain, England and The Holy Roman Empire.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Sword of Gustavus Vasa

Because of my interest in swords in general and in the early 17th century specifically, I've always had a certain fondness for rapiers. The title image of this blog entry depicts one of the rapiers of Gustavus Vasa, who was the king of Sweden in the 16th century and pretty much created Sweden by uniting the country under his rule and ridding it of Danish influence.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Unnecessary changes, or Pierre, the Lost Musketeer

As I said in a recent post, the 1970's version of the Three Musketeers was the only good filmatisation that we've seen of Alexandre Dumas' legendary novel. Some of the others have been decent tries, such as the Disney remake in early 1990s, but it failed by making Milady much too likable and one expected Athos to ride away with her at the end.