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
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
Who’d have thought that university archives would ever change their time-honored policy of keeping non-academic riffraff out of their collections—and even throwing their rara open to the Great Unwashed?
The Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, where I spent many a semester doing things other than visiting libraries, has recently put a copy of Salvatore Fabris’ “Italiänische Fechtkunst” online… Continue reading
Nobody tell us we’re Euro-centric.
(Okay, we are, so sue us!)
But that doesn’t keep us from scouring the world for interesting stories relating to the Sword. Like this one from India, where an ancient sword is a living symbol of resistance against outside aggression… 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
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
Posted in 16th Century, 17th Century, fencing, rapier
Tagged fabris, fencing classics, fencing in shakespeare, Italian rapier fencing, Joachim Meyer, marozzo, rapier, shakespeare, william gaugler
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
Posted in 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, Fencers Magazine, fencing, Foil, Saber, Weapons
Tagged fencing diploma, fencing instruction, fencing master, fencing regulations, fencing rules, FIE, william gaugler
Not sure why, but we’ve been getting a ton of requests to provide English translations of our German-language contributions.
(What’s wrong with you people?)
We’re reluctantly happy to comply, starting with the shorter ones… Continue reading
More of the Tesche Wirsberg Rapier
Yes, we do requests… here are more pictures of our 1610 rapier…