The most important figure in the history of Western fencing was the Italian fencing master Salvatore Fabris.
While in the services of King Christian IV of Denmark, he wrote and published his De lo scherzo, overo scienza d’arme in Copenhagen in 1606.
This is a complete copy of the Italian-laguage first Waltkirch edition.
Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve made it to a Historical Sword-Fighting event…
This time around, I have no excuse not to go: Victor Markland has organized what is shaping up to be a great event right down the road from my club… Continue reading
After 15 years, I might as well…
The Secret History of the Sword is now available free from this site, on .pdf Continue reading
Pity the fools!
The BBC writes: “A medieval sword possibly taken as a trophy during the Battle of Hastings has failed to sell at auction. The “extremely rare” broadsword belonged to Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William The Conqueror.
Sir Humphrey fought at Hastings in 1066, where Christie’s auctioneers think he could have captured the sword.
It had been hoped the sword would fetch up to £120,000 in the auction house’s Out of the Ordinary sale in South Kensington The weapon has an earlier Viking blade, dating from the mid-11th Century.”
But no—nobody cared!
We may not be up-to-date any more on what old fencing and wrestling manuals are available and accessible by now. But we just found a careful transcription of von Eyb’s fencing and wrestling sections that deserve greater exposure. Here ya go… Continue reading
Posted in 15th century, 16th Century, HEMA, Ordeal, Sword Fighting, Transcriptions, wrestling
Tagged fechtbuch, HEMA, historical european martial arts, Kriegsbuch, von eyb
Sometimes a manuscript comes along that you can’t just turn down…
Our publishing parent, Secret Archives Press, LLC, has just announced the release of a powerful new thriller in the Spillane tradition.
SMT Maxx’s Fratricide: No Good Deed will go public on May 15, 2014. Continue reading
HEMA BOMB SHELL!
One of the foremost researcher-practitioners of Renaissance Martial Arts is supplementing his line of instructional workshops with a new line of combative gear.
It’s MANDATORY as of April 15, 2014—the result of a coup staged by HEMA bigwigs!
We have the inside story!
Posted in fencing, HEMA, Images
Tagged authenic martial arts, axel pettersson, fencing master accreditation, gear, HEMA, historical armed combat, historical fencing, Ken Mondschein, lululemon, Matt Galas, nasdaq:lulu, renaissance martial arts, scott brown, Sydney Anglo, USFCA
We’ve fallen deplorably short on fencing and sword stories. To tide us over, here’s a bit of a scuffle taken from a new title, Fratricide: No Good Deed, by SMT Maxx, which was just published by our mothership, Secret Archives Press… Continue reading
Leafing through the most recent issue of the Smithsonian magazine, tellingly titled 101 Objects that Changed America, you can admire Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Bell’s telephone, and the titillating tassels of the Talahassee Tassel Tosser.
(Alright, I made up the last one.)
Unfortunately, no fencer, swordsman, or whatever the appropriate term is that sectarian xiphomachophiliacs apply to their respective niche, made it into the issue.
Are there artifacts whose provenance can be traced to individual celebrities of bladed combat? Luckily, there are a few things in the Amberger Collection that can make up for that shortcoming… and perhaps, with the help of our readers, we can come up with at least a Dirty Dozen…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Saber, Uncategorized
Tagged 101 Objects, 1796 Light cavalry saber, 1796 Rules, british cavalry, cavalry, Marchant, Rules and Regulations for the cavalry, Saber