Socrates (469 - 399 BC)
..for a two-week span I’ll be competing in no less than 9 tournaments, including various iterations of longsword, langes Messer, sword & buckler, Ringen, and tameshigiri (test-cutting), etc., as well as teaching workshops and coaching
..at two events back-to-back, in two different countries.
I will probably be coming home in a body bag. Gods preserve me.
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, England
In Cornish, Tintagel (Dintagel) means “fort of the constriction.” The site was probably occupied in the Romano-British period but no structure remains from this time. In the Early Medieval era, the site was the seat of the regional king of Dumnonia. The current castle was built by Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall in the 13th century after Cornwall was subdued by England in part to establish a connection with the Arthurian legends that were associated with the area and because it was seen as the traditional place for Cornish kings. In his 12th century manuscript Historia Regum Britanniae, Geoffrey of Monmouth described Tintagel as the site of Arthur’s conception.
The castle was built in a more old-fashioned style for the time to make it appear more ancient. Richard hoped that in this way he could gain the Cornish people’s trust since they didn’t trust outsiders. The castle itself held no real strategic value. After Richard, the following Earls of Cornwall were not interested in Tintagel and it was left to the county sheriff. Parts of the accommodation were used as a prison and the land was let as pasture. The castle became more dilapidated, and in the 1330s the roof of the Great Hall was removed. Thereafter, the castle fell to ruin.
La vestizione del cavaliere (nero)
Sexiest reverse-striptease ever!
…getting interviewed by someone from the New York Times later this week :D
Kitten and sword!
KITTEN AND SWORD!
My flying Oberhau-from-Nebenhut would have been a lot less ridiculous had it actually hit my
friend opponent friend on the inside of his right arm as intended, and we didn’t instantly double-kill with thrusts to the chest following a brief moment of lolwut
Albion’s family of two-handers just got larger: the Arch Duke (just released), Tyrolean, and Maximillian. Pic from the Albion Europe FB page.
Sword of a Duke of Milan
- Dated: 15th century
- Culture: Italian
- Place of Origin: Italy, Flanders
- Medium: steel, iron, gold, horn
- Techniques: furbishing; forging
- Measurements: overall length: 113 cm; blade length: 86 cm; width: 17.7 cm; weight: 1180 g
The coat of arms engraved on the blade of this sword is related to the Duke of Milan - Visconti family or Sforza. However, the object was probably made in Burgundy and Flanders. Its pommel, made of iron, is gilded and represents a stylised fish tail ending in an horn handle in its second part. This combination of materials and form of the set are almost unique. The sword is actually a ceremonial weapon, but judging by its balanced proportions it is also fully usable in combat.
Joeli Takala. Photo by Timo Toropainen. ‘Hell of a fight provided by Nicolas Gallardo.’
Fechtschule New York 2014 Cutting Tournament