Between the 1940’s and the early 1960’s the Diplom Fechtmeister (licensed fencing master) Karl Lochner discovered a short German text on “fencing in earnest”.
Dating from around the late 1600’s to early 1700’s, the “Alchemia Dimicandi” of a minor German nobleman cuts through the traditional Lektion-Contra-lektion patterns of contemporary fencing pedagogy—and provides a unique glimpse at actual, hands-on dueling practice with the transition rapier or small sword…
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.
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
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…
The most important figure in the history of Western fencing was the Italian fencing master Salvatore Fabris.
While in the services of King Christian IV of Denmark, he wrote and published his De lo scherzo, overo scienza d’arme in Copenhagen in 1606.
This is a complete copy of the Italian-laguage first Waltkirch edition.
Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve made it to a Historical Sword-Fighting event…
This time around, I have no excuse not to go: Victor Markland has organized what is shaping up to be a great event right down the road from my club… Continue reading
After 15 years, I might as well…
The Secret History of the Sword is now available free from this site, on .pdf Continue reading
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!