A Pan-European Martial Art: Evidence of Continuum in the Medieval Fechtbucher
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Arts & Sciences
The first fechtbuch, now known as Royal Armouries I.33, appeared ~1300, after which the medium exploded onto the medieval scene, with such a profusion of authors and titles throughout the fifteenth century and later that any complete survey would constitute an extraordinary collaborative, academic feat. However, within these manuscripts are threads of evidence pointing to a continuity of theory that spreads from Poland to England and from Spain to Italy. Although to some extent, there is evidence to support a north-south division in theoretical stance, it is equally possible to describe this split as temporal, as much as spatial, and say that the split is between a High Medieval art and a Renaissance art. This class will attempt to follow these threads and examine the case for what Heslop and Bradak (in Lessons on the English Longsword) call a pan-European martial art.