from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The pointless sword carried before English monarchs at their coronation, and emblematically considered as the sword of mercy; -- also called the
sword of Edward the Confessor.
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- noun A short
swordused for ceremonialpurposes
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Before the king three naked swords are carried, two pointed and one without a point, which is hence known as curtana, the sword cut short.
For curtana: "The Metal from the Stars" John Bellairs - Lewis Barnavelt series: 8,628 words.
Now the three swords, now and anciently borne before the king at his coronation, were known as the sword of the clergy, the sword of the laity, and the third (curtana), which has no point, the sword of mercy.
Bloom appears, bareheaded, in a crimson velvet mantle trimmed with ermine, bearing Saint Edward's staff the orb and sceptre with the dove, the curtana.
Edward evasively answered that he would attend to their wishes at the meeting of parliament, and they were obliged to be content for the present; but they were exceedingly angry that, at the coronation, Piers appeared more splendidly and richly attired than the King himself, and bearing on a cushion the crown of St. Edward, while the Earl of Lancaster carried curtana, the sword of mercy, and his brother Henry the rod with the dove.