Category Archives: 16th Century

Swords of Shakespeare: “Hurt Him in Eleven Places”

How much did Shakespeare know about contemporary Italian rapier fencing?

William Gaugler follows the clues from his plays into the Italian fencing literature of the 16th and 17th century. Continue reading

Teaching Fencing: Curriculum and Diploma

What makes a fencing master? And how is the body of knowledge he (or she) is supposed to transfer to his students to be defined?

Dr. William Gaugler explores the historical background of fencing accreditation and codification… Continue reading

Five Fencing Classics that deserve more views than they got

Épée fencer; France, c. 1890
Foil Fencers; Germany, c. 1920
Wrestling; Germany, c. 1550
Épée Fencer; France, c. 1900
Saber fencers; Italy, 1897

Wrestling; Germany, c. 1550

 

Gefangen nemen" -- Taking prisoner

Gefangen nemen" -- Taking prisoner

Yet another wrestling move from the now-famous “Codex Amberger”…

Dagger Fighting; Germany, c. 1550

 

Dagger technique

Dagger technique

Falchion Fencing; Germany, c. 1550

 

Fencing with the falchion

Fencing with the falchion

World sensation: The first adidas-brand fencing pants discovered… in 1550!
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Wrestling; Germany, c. 1550

 

Follows the wrestling

Follows the wrestling

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Federfechter; Germany, c. 1550

For fame and for wreath...

For fame and for wreath...

Fechtschule der Federfechter…

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Fechtschule; Germany, 1598

The only place to get your Master's

The only place to get your Master's

Marxbrüder Fechtschule in Frankfurt…

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Holiday Wishes; England, 1926

... and a Happy New Year!

No reference to Good King Fencislas...

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