After many a year of absolutely nothing, the dining room table is now bending with old and new books, reams of print-outs, photographs, articles, bibliographies: We’ve finally started to work on the definitive monograph to the modest 15-page anonymous manuscript fragment we acquired back in 2005.
To sucker as many experts as we can into doing our work for us, we’ll be presenting some of the preliminary work here on FencingClassics… to elicit qualified response and criticism and, yes, lavish praise.
Let’s kick off the process by presenting Sheet 8r, which may prove to be a key element in properly placing the fragment in its proper lineage… Continue reading
Posted in 16th Century, Antiquarian Books, fencing art, wrestling
Tagged 16th century, codex amberger, der altenn fechter, egenolff, Paulus hector mair, ringer-kunst, ringkunst, wrestling
We spare no cost to proselytize the combative arts of Europe to the larger web community.
But we’re also not above letting other people foot the bill. Like those 1%ers at Google, who’ve been scanning in old books like there’s no tomorrow. Today, we bring to you a title we’d have given our eye teeth for, had it been available as an antiquarian book just five years ago:
Dr. Karl Wassmannsdorff’s Die Ringkunst des deutschen Mittelalters… Continue reading
This one has absolutely nothing to do with fencing and swords.
It only goes to show what can happen to a historical text if insufficient diligence is applied reading and transcribing it.
As in the following example from a spiffy catalog, sent to me by a reputable seller of expensive-as-sin antiquarian books… Continue reading
Despite their distinct dislike for things Catholic and South European, Elizabethans were suckers for Italian fencing techniques and concepts of honor and dueling.
Some of the most prominent figures of the cultural elite of the period engaged in Italian-style swordplay. Among them was the poet Christopher Marlowe, whom we’re catching on an Indian summer afternoon on the outskirts of London, sword in hand, and ready to engage in moderate mayhem… Continue reading
Despite the occasional death on the fencing strip, modern competitive fencing is a safe sport. Heck, more kids have died taking a Little League baseball on the chest than have even been nicked by a blade!
Despite a higher degree and frequency of serious injury or even fatality, it looks that 16th-century fencing practice (as opposed to the duel, we suppose) was a civilized affair compared to archery. But the most deadly of pastimes in Tudor England apparently was football…
Jéann Daniel L’Ange was fencing master at the Electoral Palatinate court and at the University of Heidelberg. His Deutliche Erlärung der Adelichen und Ritterlichen freyen Fecht-Kunst of 1664 is an independently mastered take on the “Italian manner” of rapier fencing, containing many practical hints and recommendations from L’Ange’s own experiences.
Such as what to keep in mind when selecting a place to fight your opponent… Continue reading
Courtly manners, valiant jousting, noble sword fights?
Götz von Berlichingen’s daily routine looked rather like Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs when compared to Parzival.
The official Catalog of German-language Illustrated Manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Vol. 38:, lists all known German Fencing and Wrestling Books on just 144 pages.
We’re ridiculously proud that 2 of those pages are dedicated to a fragment closely associated with the American HEMA movement…
Posted in 16th Century, fencing
Tagged Augsburg, bidenhänder, codex amberger, fencing manual, katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten handschriften, langes schwert, long sword, lost fencing manuscript, manuscript, messer fechten, Paulus hector mair, rainer leng, zweihänder
FencingClassics’s aim is to spread the word of new developments in all aspects of swordplay across the different spheres of interest. Part of that means pointing our readers at promising new ventures that are NOT undertaken by Secret Archives Press.
Like the new line of books by Freelance Academy Press, run by some of our old companions in crime…. Continue reading
Still enraged about Facebook’s recent facelift? We say “Get a life!” Even better—get into something that hasn’t changed one bit in 100, 200, 500 years:
FencingClassics announces it has joined forces with actor-fighter-antiquarian Jared Kirby, to make both antiquarian fencing and Historical European Martial Arts resources and bibliophile appraisal services available to practitioners and collectors. Continue reading