Chains of Nobility: The Story Behind the Mameluke Sword

Sometimes you do things for all the right reason.

In this special report, Corey Adkins introduces us to a man who is trying to help others through that nobility.

“I knew the story behind why we carried the Mameluke sword, but I feel like most of us had no idea how rich the story was behind in the Mamluk’s themselves and the significance of their historical impact.”

Meet Brad Graft. He served our country in the Marine Corps in the early ‘90s. That’s where he became interested in the story behind the sword the Marines carry. Brad is also an author.

“I wanted to shed some light on a largely unknown warrior that had a significant impact on history.”

The story goes back centuries.

“A Mamluk is a slave soldier. And in the 13th century, Islamic princes from all over the Middle East used to enslave by the thousands 14 to 15-year-old, fair-skinned Russians boys,” explained Brad.

These boys were hunters and herders, and excellent with their re-curve bows, but they had a lot to prove.

“They weren’t admitted into this warrior society until they finish basically what was a rite of passage, and basically once trained and once reaching manhood, they became the backbone of the Middle Eastern armies and they carried this exact saber,” said Brad.

Now here’s where the Marine Corps comes in. In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson sent a ship with seven Marines and some sailors to the Barbary Coast off of Africa. Pirates were affecting trade. In charge was Lt. Presley O’Bannon.

“After putting together a mercenary army full of Greeks and Arabs, and they attacked a fortification in Derma in Tripoli, and when it was all said and done an Islamic prince awarded Lt. Presley O’Bannon the Mameluke sword. And later on, traditionally in honor of him, the Marine Corps allows all of its officers to carry the Mameluke sword,” explained Brad.

Brad became somewhat obsessed with this story, so he decided to write about it.

“The book is a trilogy and the first book is called ‘Chains of Nobility,’ and it’s about a handful of adolescent nomads living in the Russian step during the 1200s. When the Mongols invade their homeland, some of the boys are brutally captured, so generally the book is about my lead character and his friends suffer in this painful transition between being Pagan nomads and transitioning into Islamic knights,” said Brad.

Brad did painstaking research on this trilogy. He went to where the Mamluks lived. He walked the same ground they did centuries ago.

“I basically thought if I worked hard enough that I could make the book feel and smell real. Part of it was not just the research boat, it was the travel, so I went to the Middle East, primarily Israel, and climbed through a lot of fortifications that were inhabited by the Mamluks,” said Brad.

But Brad is not doing this for himself. You could say he’s still serving his country.

“I’m giving 100% of income that I receive from the book is going to go straight to these three charities, which is Hope for the Warriors, Homes for Our Troops, and T.A.P.S., which is Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors,” explained Brad.

“Chains of Nobility (Brotherhood of the Mamluks)” was just released, you can find it on Amazon.

Get yourself a copy and help Brad help others, and get a great story to boot!

“I want them to get a story that feels real, and I want to take the reader and chuck him into an environment that they didn’t know existed.”