A brief overview of my research into depictions of swordplay in late medieval artwork and how they compare to techniques portrayed in the fencing treatises.
I will now be sharing my research and teaching on Patreon to help support my ability to continue to do this important work and share it with the community.
While most of my videos and articles will be publicly available, certain tiers of patronage will give you access to these earlier than general release. Other tiers will provide access to instructional videos covering the core teachings of the School of Mars curriculum, private discussion groups, and also one-on-one lessons via Skype.
You can visit my Patreon page here.
A brief discussion on my research into signs of wear and use on medieval arms and armour.
Several bits of exciting news!
First off, since I know that a lot of people are sitting at home looking for ways to keep entertained, I’ve decided to do my bit.
Over the coming weeks and months, I am dusting off about a decade’s worth of lectures and presentations I’ve done, recording them, and sharing them for all to see. There’s quite a lot of ground covered, ranging from basic introductions to some more in-depth scholarly stuff. So hopefully it’ll be useful to everyone. Stay tuned for releases!
Second, I have received the blessing of one of Britain’s renowned medieval ensembles, Misericordia, to use one of their songs for the opening and closing of my videos. Their arrangements of medieval music are mesmerising, and I can’t wait to make one of my favourite songs of theirs part of the forthcoming videos. You can learn more about them and hear some of their music by visiting https://misericordia1.bandcamp.com/releases
Hope all is well with you and yours. Speak again soon!
Why we fight
The likelihood that any of us will ever engage in real life or death combat with a sword is, to put it mildly, slim. What, then, is our motivation for practising historical martial arts today? Each practitioner is going to have a slightly different answer to this question.
For myself, my interest can be broken down into three approaches: the historical, the practical, and the philosophical.Continue reading “Pursuing a Modern-Day Way of the Sword”
After an unforgettable weekend of swordplay and camraderie last September, Château de Castelnaud has invited me and the gallant fighters of La Mesnie du Blanc Castel to return once more to stage a Passage of Arms.
Once again I, as tenan, will match my skills and my sword against a series of challengers throughout the weekend. In addition, you can look forward to a weekend of talks, demonstrations, and displays by skilled craftspeople.
More details will be forthcoming as they are confirmed, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can follow my progress in the coming year here and on social media as I prepare once more to submit myself to the Judgement of Mars.
Shortly after returning from Castelnaud and the Judgement of Mars, I stumbled across a delightful blog post written by a pair of British expats who now live in the Dordogne. They seem to have enjoyed themselves, and were very happy when ‘The Dark Knight’ himself reached out to them asking if I might share their post with my readers.
You can find the post here. My thanks to the authors for coming to the event and for writing the post.
Below is a write-up with photos I produced shortly after returning from The Judgement of Mars, the passage of arms I organised on 15-16 September 2018 at the amazing Château de Castelnaud in Aquitaine, Southwestern France. It will remain one of the most memorable weekends of my life.Continue reading “The Judgement of Mars: A Belated Briefing”
For those who are interested in learning a bit more about my thesis exploring armed combat in Late Medieval Europe, and want to know what they can expect when the book is published, you can find a comprehensive summary of the project here.
More details to follow about publication as and when they are confirmed.
Barefooted and naked of breast,Kuòān Shīyuǎn (11th century)
I mingle with the people of the world.
My clothes are ragged and dust-laden, and I am ever blissful.
I use no magic to extend my life;
Now, before me, the dead trees become alive.