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Conyers Falchion


The Conyers Falchion is believed to have been wielded by Sir John Conyers and used to slay the Sockburn Worm in 1063. The Sockburn Worm is depicted in Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" and its slaying earned Sir Conyers the Sockburn Manor in the 12th century. The sword was later presented as a sign of fealty from Sir Conyers to the bishop of the Cathedral of Durham along with this speech:

"My Lord Bishop. I hereby present you with the falchion wherewith the champion Conyers slew the worm, dragon or fiery flying serpent which destroyed man, woman and child; in memory of which the king then reigning gave him the manor of Sockburn, to hold by this tenure, that upon the first entrance of every bishop into the county the falchion should be presented."

This tradition continued until 1771, after which it lapsed for 200 years. It was recently renewed in 1994 when the new bishop took office. The falchion resides in the treasury in Durham Cathedral where it remains on display. Analysis of the weapon indicates that it was likely made between 1260-1270, 200 years after the dragonslaying occurred.

CE 11th Century, England, Mythology, Sword, Weapon


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