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
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
A few weeks ago, we examined Eight Dueling Épées.
Today, we noticed a variant of one of the older specimens up for auction: A cousin of “The Transitional”… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Armory, Epee, rapier, smallsword, Weapons
Tagged auction, épée de combat, colichemarde, dueling epee, dueling sword, french epee, transitional rapier, transitional smallsword
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
Duels look so pretty on the screen and in paintings. But sometimes, the dying that was done was not quite as pretty.
Especially when two men engaged who wanted to make sure the other was carried off the field feet first… Continue reading
Sure, presentation swords aren’t our thing. Especially Civil War presentation swords.
But this looks like an interesting case that might affect the one or other collector of swords: While many of the Central European swords peddled at arms and armor shows these days qualify as “liberated” after WWII—winner takes all—there are some cases in which provenance seems to matter again… Continue reading
The Talking Camel is a writers’ site that Secret Archives Press is trying to get off the ground.
Since we’re not exactly fighting ’em off right now, we’ve recycled an elderly article that ran maybe 10 years ago in FQM. Possibly, you still might enjoy it.
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 canon of classical 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…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, fencing, Foil, Saber, smallsword
Tagged amberger, american fencing, fencing, henry angelo, revolutionary war, us military fencing
Running a successful fencing club takes strategic thinking. Especially if you’ve built your business on your reputation as a fencing champion. After all, champions are not self-appointed but made—by meeting challengers.
The Angelos had first-hand experience in this. And Henry Angelo seems to have been good at playing his opponents… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, fencing, Foil, smallsword
Tagged 18th century fencing, 18th century scoring, amberger, domenico angelo, foil fencing, henry angelo, London fencing masters, School of Fencing, secret history of the sword
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
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