B - Baltic to broadsword
Baltic n a sea that divides Northern Europe from Scandinavia. Hence the lands around its coasts.
The North East has ancient links with the Baltic lands. In the Bronze Age, amber from the North German coasts was being used by the leading members of North East society. By the mediaeval period many merchants from the North East were making their fortune trading timer, wool and salmon between Scotland and the Baltic. These links continue, though now it is the products of Polish coal mines, German engineering materials or even academic exchanges that form the basis for contact.
broadsword n the Highlanders' large two-edged sword; also the basket-hilted single-edged broad-sword 18c-;the claymore. [Gael claidheamh a sword + mor great]
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