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Hutton – The presence of the judge does not absolve the combatants from honorably acknowledging a fair hit when it has taken effect.

In his rules for a match or contest for prizes, Hutten recommends two judges and a referee. Each judge watches a single fencer, halting the fight when he sees a hit land. Then he and the referee decide if the … Continue reading

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List of Prices of Items in Medieval England

In the 14th century a mercenary made 1 shilling a day, twice that if he is a knight. A cheap sword in the same time period could be had for half a shilling. Armor, on the other hand, was really … Continue reading

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More on Indes, Techniques, and How to Train to Not Think

Many have believed that the word Indes has its origin from the Latin word intus [inside], and indicates the inside combat, which arises from the windings and similar work; but you will hear now that this is not true. I … Continue reading

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What is the Vorschlag?

And then, if he manages to get to him, and he knows the measure and thinks the adversary can and will reach him now, so he should hurry to him without fear, quickly and nimbly, going for the head or … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Krumphauw, The Crooked Cut

The Squinting and Crooked strikes server the same purpose: they are defensive cuts that are immediately turned into attacks. Here are the definitions and images according to Meyer followed by images from other masters: Krumphauw – Crooked Cut This cut … Continue reading

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The simplicity of the “Vor” « Hans Talhoffer

A series on the concept of imitative and why it isn’t as simple as just being the first to strike. The simplicity of the “Vor” « Hans Talhoffer

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Meyer’s Longsword – Diagonal Cuts from Zornhut on the Left

This action is a bit more complex than the version on the right, but the basic premise is the same: You start with a powerful downward cut and then recover using a second cut. To begin throw a Zornhau along … Continue reading

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On the Fall of Chivalry Bookshelf

Chivalry Bookshelf was a remarkable publisher. When most publishers wouldn’t even consider touching the subject they were bringing out high quality translations with matching reproductions, often in full color. But while the books were of high quality, the company was … Continue reading

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