Recommending Gloves for Longsword Fencing

An Albion Meyer and a pair of Sparring Gloves.  Photo by Keith Farrell.

An Albion Meyer and a pair of Sparring Gloves. Photo by Keith Farrell.

 

It is easy to spend a long time discussing gloves for longsword fencing. Each make and model has advantages and disadvantages, and every practitioner will have their own preferences and needs.

 

This article lays out the brief comparisons and recommendations that I give to my students when they ask me about what gloves they need for lessons in the clubs at which I teach.

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Buying your first feder from Regenyei Armory

A feder in a field, at AHA Loch Lomond 2013.  Photo by Elliot Howie.

A feder in a field, at AHA Loch Lomond 2013.
Photo by Elliot Howie.

 

Many longsword practitioners choose to buy their first “federschwert” or training sword from Péter Regenyei at Regenyei Armory. These swords are now ubiquitous throughout the longsword community in Europe, and are becoming more popular in America as well. One of the greatest strengths of Péter’s feders is the large number of standard options that you can choose when ordering your sword, to make it just right for you – but this can also lead to confusion if you have not had the opportunity to handle swords with some of the different options.

 

I have had the pleasure and the opportunity to handle many variations of Péter’s feders. Since I have received many requests for advice from people looking to buy their first feder, I have put together my thoughts on the issue and have produced this article as a point of references for people going through the dilemma of deciding what to order.

 

A feder is a good option for training tool, as opposed to a “blunt longsword”. The weight and flexibility tend to make them safer tools – it does make such a huge difference for you, but it really does make quite a difference for the people who will be receiving your strikes and thrusts!

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Fork You!!! Event Budgeting 101

Fork You

This week I am going to take a look at event budgeting. Now I know for many people a collective groan was just heard as you were hoping for a post about swords or other fighty things. The reality is though that budgeting for events is an important skill and a habit any event organiser should get in to. For the purpose of this article, I will use a fictional HEMA event to help illustrate the method I use for preparing to budget. I will use follow up posts to deal with excel spreadsheets and other aspects of budgeting but this post provides the foundation.

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Degeneration of Chivalry in 1 Henry VI and 2 Henry VI

Today’s post has been written by Reinis Rinka, on the depiction of chivalry in Shakespeare’s Henry IV parts 1 and 2.

           

Henry VI part 1 and 2 are set at the end of the Hundred years war, the war that many believe ended the age of the chivalric style of warfare (Williamson 1919, p. 333). In a similar way the increasing widespread use of firearms was also changing warfare in Elizabethan England. Through these historical parallels the two parts of Henry VI explores the nature and disillusionment of warfare in both time periods, as Semenza puts it,

‘Shakespeare’s attention in the trilogy to the degeneration of chivalry into realpolitik – apparent in the shift of focus from the Anglo-French wars in I Henry VI to the petty civil squabbles of the subsequent plays – should be examined within the context of contemporary anxieties about war having become less noble and, to a certain degree, less justifiable’ (2001 p.1254)

The world of 1 Henry VI is in a flux. It attempts to hold on to old ideals about combat, while it is also inevitably faced with a, disillusioned approach to war. Nonetheless not all characters are aware of the change. Talbot is a character in the middle. He upholds chivalric values, however he understands and sees how warfare is changing. His ultimate end might be because of his inability or unwillingness to change. The world of 2 Henry VI can be seen as having already changed. It resonates with part 1, but mostly to show how far the degeneration of chivalry has gone.

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