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Beware the seduction of ultimate power – megalomania will bring about your own downfall.
The blade is engraved with “1606”, the year that Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, a bloody tragedy of the brave Scottish leader driven by ruthless ambition to regicide, murder and tyranny.
A small English pewter pendant of a late Medieval-style dagger with a small, black cabochon on the hilt and an engraved blade.
On a 21″/48cm chain.
10 in stock
Obviously this pendant celebrates Shakespeare's MacBeth murder of Duncan but the truth is quite different.
Duncan succeeded his maternal grandfather Malcolm II as King of Alba (Scotland). His wife from Northumbria (England), became the focus of much of his activity – bore him at least two sons who both ruled after him; but not before Macbeth had intervened. Macbeth ruled Moray, his status either that of a regional King, or a Dux, a powerful warlord.
In 1039 Duncan raided Northumbria, laying siege ineffectively to Durham . It may be that this fiasco sparked Macbeth’s ambitions: the two parties clashed, and on August 14, 1040 Duncan was killed, possibly even by Macbeth’s own hand, his own men having turned against him. Macbeth seized the throne of Scotland, and then held it for 17 years before losing it to Duncan’s son Malcolm.
During MacBeth's reign life was peaceful and prosperous and the spread of Christianity was encouraged.