Two days ago, we offered our “restricted release” of the Alchemia Dimicandi, a recently discovered 17th-century German text on how to fight in combat to the death.
We made it free to download for those “qualified researchers” who sufficed the Trump Administration’s America First policies pursuant to the Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda of President Donald J. Trump, dated February 24, 2017.
You only had to meet two measly criteria to be a “qualified researcher” under that Order: You had to be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. And you had to be a registered Republican.
Is that TOO much to ask??
Well, read on…
Posted in 17th Century, Antiquarian Books, Duel, fencing, fencing art, HEMA, rapier, Rapier, smallsword, Sword Fighting
Tagged Alchemia dimicandi, transition rapier, vetting algorithm
This recently re-discovered transcript by an anonymous German noble could fill an important gap in the documentation of German fencing approaches between Paschen and Schmidt.
Under the sponsorship of the new Administration, we’re preparing a limited release of the manuscript.
Posted in 17th Century, 18th Century, Duel, fencing, fencing art, HEMA, Images, quarterstaff, rapier, smallsword, Sword Fighting, Transcriptions
Tagged alchemy, Fechtmanuskript, fencing manuscript, german swordplay, German thrust fencing, kreussler, smallsword fencing
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
Oh, the humanity!
You’d think our April Fool’s joke—selling the title and teaching privilege of “Mister of Fencing” and membership in MoFO—was such a blatantly obvious and lame joke, only a sloth would’ve missed it. But apparently, MoFO and the prerequisites of owning a foil and never having earned a competitive ranking were still too subtle… Continue reading
One of the leading search terms that brings novice FencingClassics readers to our site is “topless fencing”.
And since we thrive on giving people what they want, we’re happy to oblige… with images of duels between women in various stages of dress and undress… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, fencing art, Foil, Images
Tagged 19th-century duel, 19th-century fencing, 19th-century photography, amberger collection, art photography, bayard, cabinet cards, epee fencing, female duel, female fencing, foil fencing, nude duel, nude fencing, nude women fencing, woman fencers
Group class vs. individual lesson?
The armed and police forces of the world had their choices made for them by virtue of the very number of recruits needing instruction.
But how did they get them to look good from a distance…
Posted in 20th Century, Fencers Magazine, fencing, fencing art, Fencing in the News, Saber
Tagged amberger collection, fencing choreography, italian saber fencing, Saber, saber fencing Italian police force, sciabola
Who’d possibly want a matched set of tin figures staging a Biedermeier-era Mensur?
Err… yes, who indeed. Possibly the same kind of person who has a sextett of Spelter and bronze fencing figurines staring at his desk?
This one we haven’t acquired—yet. But would accept it from our Leibbursch any time. Continue reading