I was reading the Wikipedia entry on Charlemagne, as one does, and noticed his sword had a name: “Joyeuse“. Joyous one. And, since “épée” is feminine and Charlemagne was not, it is the sword who is joyous.
Named sword. So far, so cool. Hey, it says “sword in Vienna” (I used to live in Vienna). Let’s check that out:
Sword in Vienna
Before the Miholjanec legend had been regarded, the so-called sword of Attila in Vienna was known as the sword of Charlemagne.
The what now? Let’s click on “Miholjanec legend”. It leads to a Wikipedia entry on the Croatian village of Miholjanec. But there is no mention of a legend (the URL leading me there contained the fragment #Legend, but that now leads nowhere).
What is this about the sword of Attila?
The real historical events of the discovery of this sword will probably remain unknown. More information about the origin of the sword is a legend about a locality of finding, see Miholjanec#Legend, because before this legend had been regarded, this sword was known as the sword of Charlemagne known as “Joyeuse”.
That same broken link.
Before we click onwards: note that the sword of Attila is supposedly in the Imperial Schatzkammer in Vienna. Just like one of the items claiming to be the Spear of Longinus, the Spear of Destiny, the Holy Lance. And regarding Charlemagne’s Joyeuse we know that “some legends claim [it] was forged to contain the Lance of Longinus within its pommel”. So these two swords and the Spear of Longinus are related.
What does the history of the Miholjanec page tell us? There was a change on the 20th of November 2013:
“Deleting “Legend” section: unsourced and doesn’t improve article”
So what was this legend?