(30) Egerton Brydges' modern-spelling edition of Pierces Supererogation (London, 1815, 147), reads 'faulchion
': a 'falchion' is a curved broadsword.
I note that criticism has made nothing of Edgar's direct quotation from Bevis of Hampton (to my knowledge, the only such direct quotation from a literary work in Shakespeare); nothing of the references to knights and the trappings and use of this single combat at the end; and nothing of Lear's boast about how lie, recalling his youth as a chivalric knight (like Edgar, noticed by very few to be his "godsonne" and thus to have been duly instructed by the king), would have used his "good biting Faulchion
" to make such a knave as Cordelia's killer skip (TLN: 1917-18; III.
Me thought, my daughters, Gonorill & Ragan, Stood both before me with such grim aspects, Eche brandishing a Faulchion
in their hand, Ready to lop a lymme off where it fell, And in their other hands a naked poynyard, Wherwith they stabd me in a hundred places, And to their thinking left me there for dead,
He then proceeds to describe his dream in which his daughters Gonorill and Ragan "Each brandishing a Faulchion
in their hand" stabbed him "in a hundred places" and left him for dead until Cordella found and restored him to "perfect health":