Category Archives: Sword and Shield

Equipment for Bolognese Fencing

Spada (Sword): Any style. This school was used in dueling so you have to be capable of using whatever weapon your opponent selected. Maximum length is to the navel when measured at the cross guard. Brocchiero Stretto (Small Buckler): Approximately … Continue reading

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Tournament Notes – Jan. 2014

The trick with shinai and shield is to treat it just like an arming sword and buckler. Use the same combinations, but with more emphasis on the falso to cut over the shield. Standard defenses such as showing a montante … Continue reading

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Using Geometry to Pattern a Heater Shield

According to the research by Peter Johnsson, medieval weapons were designed using geometric principals. In this image from wikipedia, we can see the same principals used to design a heater shield that is pleasing to the eye. File:Coa Illustration Editing … Continue reading

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The Purposes of the Rotella

This looks like it can be used as a historic basis for recreating sword and shield combat as envisioned by movies about knights. The small buckler (brocchiero piccolo) was the sidearm issued to play with blunt swords (spade da giochi) … Continue reading

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Hurstwic: Viking Shields

  A few shields have survived from the Viking age, notably the shields from the Gokstad ship, which date from the 10th century. The ship was equipped with 32 shields, several of which survive intact. They were made from a … Continue reading

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Viking Sword & Shield Fighting (Roland – Hammaborg)

Shields in the video were 80 cm/31″. They could be up to 105 cm/41″ across.

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