The old Hammerterz Forum approach to filling quarterly issues with rare and novel accounts of historical swordplay can be compared to a drag net:
We’d read hundreds of books we suspected of containing worthwhile material, often coming up with a pertinent sentence or a paragraph for every 300 pages perused. Some snippets were academic and boring, others boring and academic, but all seemed catalytical to the progress of research. There also were some that were downright entertaining.
Among the material we mined was this story of a young Highland Scot making a nuisance of himself in Elizabethan London… Continue reading
Don’t you hate when that happens? Your opponent suddenly turns Luke Skywalker and starts using his foil with two hands…
No worries! Nuremberg’s Exercitienmeister Schmidt knows exactly what to do! 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
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
Plenty of action
Talk about a three-ring circus! Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, Dussack, fencing, Foil, quarterstaff, rapier
Tagged degen, dusak, dusägge, dussack, escrime, fechten, fechtschule, federfechter, fencing, marxbrüder, staff, stange
Stammbuchblatt: Stoßfechten among German students
Images of German students engaging in thrust fencing are rare…
Am I overdoing the "From the Darkness of Time We Came" lighting on the pics?
Battered and blackened, but still a formidable weapon…
More of the Tesche Wirsberg Rapier
Yes, we do requests… here are more pictures of our 1610 rapier…
He did get some satisfaction
This Italian postcard was mailed in 1903 in Torino, Italy…
Posted in 19th Century, Epee, fencing, Images, rapier
Tagged degen, duel, duell, duello, Epee, escrime, fencing, italy, scherma, spada
Tough act to follow
Battered, broken and repointed…