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Festive Easter Sword Press News for March 2018

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[caption id="attachment_21131" align="alignright" width="200"] Steal my eggs? This'll teach you![/caption] “The duel took place on Easter Eve, and Herr von Kotze was slightly wounded and taken to hospital. The next morning he received the congratulations of the Kaiser and an Easter egg, …”[1] Ah yes, Easter Bunnies with blades Hares and HEMA Rabbits …. well, you get the idea! Sting…

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Book Review: “Irish Swordsmanship” by Miller

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The Masters of Fence? Who came to your mind first? Ridolfo Capo Ferro of Italy? Hieronimo de Caranza of Spain? Joseph Swetnam of England? Richard Sheridan of Ireland? Wait a minute … Who? From Where? [caption id="attachment_20966" align="alignright" width="200"] Not your ‘sinsearachs’ swordsman!(University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo)[/caption] A Broad Overview If the latter country, let alone the personality,…

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Youthful Sword Press News for February 2018

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[caption id="attachment_20912" align="alignright" width="150"] Boy's armour c1610Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds[/caption] “A characteristic of adolescent games is that they are preparation for adult games and sport. Organized tournaments, for instance, were for adults, but adolescent males began to train for ritualized or real fighting. The city fathers were against such training, because … it would simply lead to a disruption of…

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Book Review: “British Naval Swords & Swordsmanship” by McGrath & Barton

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Cutlasses. A lot of people talk about cutlasses, but nobody does anything about them. [caption id="attachment_20757" align="alignright" width="79"] Authentic Navy 1860 CPO Cutlass[From US Military Swords Online][/caption]Few people in society practice a form of HEMA; and of those, even fewer are sailors. Which could account for the dearth of credible information on historical cutlass combat within our community. British Naval…

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Unapologetic Sword Press News for January 2018

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Dawn came to Marylebone Fields and found Albemarle and his second waiting with swords and pistols. Townshend arrived late and apologized. "Men of spirit don't want apologies", said the 'showy man'. "Come, let us begin what we came for."[1] Yes, we’re late with both January ‘and’ December, Allons-y ! Release the Kraken! THE GUARDIAN (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) 24 January…

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Spontaneous Sword Press News for November 2017

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“Put two kids in a room with long cardboard tubes and within seconds an epic sword fight begins. Kids love the idea of swordplay., and you heard that it looks great on a college application.”[1] [caption id="attachment_20520" align="alignright" width="200"] From many, manyplaces on the Net[/caption] How many of us delivered our first ‘sword cut’ with an empty roll of ‘wrap’…

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Autumnal Sword Press News for September/October 2017

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[caption id="attachment_20341" align="alignright" width="240"] Swordplay with uneven footing, uphill and into the wind. The sun does not appear to be a factor[/caption] “…, Burton, in his Sentiment of the Sword …, tells us how the Italians adhered to their old practices, such as training outdoors (in contrast to the French, whose custom was to practice only indoors).”[1] Tis Fall now,…

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Reflective Sword Press News for August 2017

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Yes, August. Somewhere following, there are three items that are not necessarily ‘HEMA-heavy’ as they are reflective of some assessments of why people undertake martial arts … including swordplay in various forms. We have one Chinese assessment of what HEMA is, and a Ukraine piece describing how various celebrations of martial arts disciplines can contribute to a deeper understanding of…

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Duelling Sword Press News for July 2017

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In the history of duelling we read the history of of mankind in the development of evil passions, and the occasional display of some redeeming qualities.[1] Last month we had the press assessment that Canada ‘might’ be establishing the legal conditions that would allow us to return to ‘the duel’ as a socially acceptable method of settling our differences. Might.…

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Fashionably Late Sword Press: News for June 2017

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If the movie ‘Wonder Woman’ has the legs to keep public interest (no pun intended) until October, ‘the’ Halloween must-have costume accessory of choice will probably be a sword sheathed, tied or taped over ones’ back.  Given the amount of imagination out there, we’re apt to see many variations of the theme that night as revelers move from party to…

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