Our Marto Roland Sword was hand made by Marto of Toledo Spain. This richly decorative sword has a 24 karat gold finish Hilt. The Sword of Roland by Marto of Toledo Spain has a tempered steel blade, ornated with 24K Gold engravings on the upper part. The 24K Gold plated cast metal hilt has the quillons, in the design of twin Lions heads, bended toward the blade with a heraldic shield and crest centered. The leaf-shaped pommel and is decorated with relief figures. This sword blade will not rust and does not require any care. With over 47 years of experience you can be assured that your Marto sword is one of the finest decorative swords available on the market today. Overall length 46"
As told in the Matter of France, Durandal is the name of the sword of Charlemagne's paladin Roland (Roldan). According to Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso it once belonged to Hector of Troy, and was given to Roland by Malagigi. In The Song of Roland, the sword is said to contain within its hilt one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the poem, during the Roncesvalles battle (August 15th 778) Charlemagne's troops, coming back from the siege of Saragossa, were ambushed by 100,000 Saracens helped by moors. Count Roland, fighting a loosing rear guard action for the Frank army, attempts to destroy the sword to prevent it from being captured by the ambushing Saracens and creates La Brèche de Roland, a pass on the Pirenees, in the process. But Durendal proves indestructible, so he hurls it into a poisoned stream instead. Local folklore claims Durendal still exists, preserved in Rocamadour, France. An inscription on Ogier the Dane's sword Curtana read My name is Cortana, of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse and Durendal.
- Overall Length: 117 cms - 46 inches
- Blade: Tempered AISI 440 Stainless Steel - 24K Gold etching
- Handle: Zamak - 24K Gold plated