Desperately Seeking Susan Sword Press

Or at least her newspaper provider.  Slim, rapier-like pickings this week We fear.


German Longsword – by Germans for Germans..


DER WESTEN (Essen, Germany) 04 November 12  Fechten wie im Mittelalter (Anna Hückelheim)

Christian Bott continues his WMA/HEMA work in Germany with his latest long sword workshop.  Seven students – one a lady – meet weekends to take instruction and run the drills necessary to understand the use of the 14th-16th century weaponry in use then.




Cold Case – Archer Style


THE RECORD (Waterloo, Ontario) 01 November 12  Local author dedicated to the history of the bended bow (Valerie Hill)

Locally (well local for Us anyway), Ontario-author and medieval aficionado Erik Roth finally got his book ‘With a Bended Bow: Archery in Mediaeval and Renaissance Europe’ into print … after a 30-year run of rejections

Roth believes the timing was right, given there has been a resurgence of interest in archery with the popularity of movies where bows and arrows are a prominent part of the action.

Roth notes there is no historical evidence to prove when the long bow came into existence. Early examples have been discovered all over Europe and one of the most recent of those finds was that of Ötzi the Iceman.


Cold Case – Equestrian Style


SCHWÄBISCHE ZEITUNG (Leutkirch, Germany) 29 October 12  Ritter schleudern Speere und spießen Ringe auf

At least 15 young knight aspirants named “Drachenkinder“ – including apparently, five cunningly camouflaged young ladies, put on a display of equestrian ring jousting and feats of arms in support of a local charity – during a snowstorm!


Setting a new bar for Hanwei!


CHINA.ORG (Beijing, China) 31 October 12  National treasure auctioned for 48.3 mln yuan (Li Jingrong)

A sword and scabbard of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) has been sold for about US$7.74 million at the Autumn Auction.