Medieval Sword Fighting Demonstrations
Two well-drilled and rehearsed practitioners aim to show the complexity of medieval martial sword training. A form of experimental research, rather than re-enactment, the original fight books, reconstructed moves and costume are used to explore the limitations of this combat system and what it tells us about the medieval world.
The demonstrations will introduce the audience to the role of “Masters” and their fight books, cover technical discipline (the need for speed, agility, practice, wealth, drilling and instruction), historical accuracy (reality v Hollywood), the difference between combat styles, the close quarter use of daggers and the quality and protection offered by armour.
The practitioners will demonstrate moves at speed and explain what makes a well-balanced sword and the skills required to produce such an instrument.
Between demonstrations the practitioners will be taking care of, and repairing, their armour, maintaining their swords and practising their dagger techniques.