Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels. But it’s also one of the great sources of historical irony. The War of 1812 created one such irony, as far as the classical canon of fencing literature is concerned.
This one is quite complex, as indeed anything should be that manages to connect personages as diverse as a prominent member of the Boston Tea Party, Mad King George, the Hessian mercenaries—and the ubiquitous fencing master dynasty of the Angelos in a game that makes the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look as one-dimensional as a Partridge Family reunion special… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, American martial arts, Antiquarian Books, fencing, Foil, Saber, Sword Fighting, Uncategorized
Tagged american swordplay, cavalry saber, henry angelo, military saber
“I Laughed. I Cried. It moved me, Bob.”
We conclude our 2017 April Fool’s prank with a cursory glance at the reactions of those who caught on early, those who read along in puzzlement, and those who gave full vent to their feelings of entitlement and resentment.
As indicated earlier, we are preparing a recently rediscovered short text for publication:
The Alchemia Dimicandi is a problematic document, both in regard to provenance and chronology of creation. The following provides an attempt at dating its origin.
From the late 1600’s until the first decade of the 20th century, the Kreußler method of thrust fencing dominated the use of the foil and “Rappier”. Here are four representative varieties of the weapons used…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, fencing, Foil, rapier, Rapier, smallsword, Sword Fighting, Uncategorized
Tagged deutsche Stoßfechtschule, Foil, German thrust fencing, kreußler, kreussler, Rappier, Rappir
There’s more swords on the block over at SwordExchange.com. Continue reading
FencingClassics has established a collector-to-collector forum where fencing and HEMA enthusiasts can not only list weapons and books for sale, but will create an ongoing record of weapon dimensions, weight, length, balance points and price levels…
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!
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
This site’s editor, J. Christoph Amberger, was born and raised in West Berlin, Germany. He studied in Berlin, Göttingen, Aberdeen, and Annapolis and holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute. After Obtaining his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2015 and passing the Maryland bar, he is now an attorney in Baltimore City. Continue reading