Bits and Bobs

More Ephemera from Europe More strange, wonderful, and weird horsey finds from my travels around Europe.  Back to regular blogging next week! — Jen The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History – Brussels Walking into the this museum in Brussels, you’d think Belgian military history began with Napoleon (Major Wes, this one’s…

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Book Review: Swords and Hilt Weapons by Connolly, Coe, et al

Swords and Hilt Weapons is a beautifully illustrated, introductory compendium of 4000 years of sword and hilted-weapon development as it has evolved in both time and space. Developments from the Bronze Age through to modern times are briefly explored and concurrent areas of geographic or cultural “uniqueness” are featured. And while this book concentrates on European…

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Book Review: “Deeds of Arms” by S. Muhlberger

“They are stories about stories.” [1] It does my heart good when I hear competent people say that they’ve recreated the essence of some medieval martial art event to the best of their ability, because they followed the descriptions of medieval combat “exactly” from period texts. It’s a good … start. But what if the…

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Start Something New this November

Autumn has descended on Vancouver, and whether you’re looking for something to shake off the rainy doldrums or a different way to stay active indoors, look no father than Academie Duello. We now offer three unique Beginner’s Courses, each an affordable $99 (+tax)! Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many…

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