Plenty of Ren Faires going on right now and 'tis the season to whack people with swords while wearing armour. A good time to start a thread on the resurgence of Western/Medieval/Renaissance Martial Arts.
These medieval events seen to be cropping up all over the place, but central/eastern Europeans seem to be playing the hardest, although the above event did have fighters from all over Europe including France, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Scandinavia and Belgium. The article also mentioned Armenia, Turkey and Iran. Looks cool. If I ever do another European holiday must coincide it when one of these events are on. We have some medieval reenactment events in Australia, but nothing close to this level.
Ewart Oakeshott stated decades ago -- using medieval training texts as proof -- that medieval knights had a lot of range of motion and agility
I would swear that, in A Knight and His Armor, Oakeshott stated the reverse, that chainmail prevented people from easily bending their arms - I recall that because it struck me as silly at the time I read it. I'll see if I can find the passage sometime.
But I definitely second Hank Reinhardt's Book of Swords as worth buying - the best book on the subject which I personally have come across.
And it goes without saying that we can use some more Mike Loades on swordsofreh. Check out his production on Shields:
I get regular updates from a mob called Sword Buyers Digest, one of those things that I never bothered to unsubscribe cause they have some interesting articles from time to time.
Anyways, in the current update they stuck something about the latest Battle of the Nations at the medieval Smederevo Fortress, a 15th-century stone citadel on the banks of the Danube River, in Serbia.
Over 600 contestants 'knights' from 40 countries spent four days locked in full contact war, combatants bludgeoned their opponents to the ground with swords, winged maces, and sledge hammers, among other weapons dulled as per the competition's rules.
The Russians took out the most medals, followed by the Ukrainians and Moldovans.
'For These Sword-Wielding Warriors, Medieval Battles Live On'