Fitness for HEMA Part I: Cardio

I was originally going to make another post on weapon lengths, but since Fight Camp, I’ve been thinking a lot about fitness. So I decided to make a post on some of my thoughts about fitness, and how it relates to HEMA. Please bear in mind I am not a qualified fitness professional, and these are just my opinions.

The first thing we need to realise about fitness and HEMA is that no one fitness regime can be applied to all of HEMA. Obviously, someone who fights with a sabre will have very different fitness needs to someone who fights with a longsword. Read more

FightCamp – review by the Academy of Historical Arts attendees.

Hello World,

So I am finally caught up on my sleep and my work after what has to be one of the best weekends I have had in a long time. You see, this weekend myself and two other of your faithful blog authors went down to Fight Camp 2011 held at The Grange in England and hosted by Schola Gladiatoria. This was our first international event and it made an incredible impression on us. I have been given the task of reviewing the event and will do the best I can but I am aware that unless you were there it will be difficult for me to paint a picture of this event.

Read more

Posting Delay

Please be aware that this weeks post is delayed until Tuesday as the team is attending Fight Camp 2011 and we hope our post to be a review of the event. We apologise and promise that this delay is entirely necessary to ensure you the best possible reading material.

In the meantime I encourage you to browse Corsair’s Wares and consider making a purchase, remember all proceeds from sales go directly to charity and help support educational programmes such as Encased in Steel.

Thank you for your understanding.

Does HEMA have a Role in Historical Re-enactment?

Definition of HEMA: “historical European martial arts.” These are the martial arts and fighting styles that were taught, learned and practiced by knights, warriors, nobles and fencing masters throughout the history of Europe. We know of these arts because fencing masters wrote their knowledge into manuscripts and often illustrated their words with depictions of combatants practicing the different techniques. The study of these manuscripts and fighting styles and the practice of these European martial arts is becoming a growing hobby throughout the world.

After writing an article on the “Combat Rules by Different Re-enactment Groups in Europe,” I have decided to pursue that direction of thought and look at whether or not HEMA should have a role in historical battle re-enactment. This is a contentious issue with various different schools of thought, each as valid as the others. Opinions are often very entrenched and debates can often become very passionate, and so throughout this article I will seek to take a neutral point of view and so discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different points of view. At the end of the article I will draw together my conclusions and present what I think personally about the issue.

Read more

Seeing Beauty: How women are shown in history

How did the Role of Women Affect how they were Portrayed Artistically and within Written Sources?

Women in history are, all too often, an under-represented force due to their lack of significant participation in most political and public spheres. For example, although female succession was theoretically possible in medieval Scotland, the kingdom did not experience a queen regent until the sixteenth century.[1] Despite this, they unsurprisingly comprised half of the population. The acknowledgement they do receive is also often specifically related to the area which they directly affected. Queen Margaret is viewed by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle only as her brother’s (Edgar the Aetheling) sister or her husband’s (Malcolm III) wife. In Scotland, she does not owe her iconic status to the male figures in her life.[2]

Read more