Friday, June 6, 2008

The return of medieval martial arts.

The Medieval reenactment scene has really taken off in the past decade. The publication of 15th Century fighting manuals such as the Hans Talhoffer manuscript and the Codex Wallerstien, has awakened an interest in recreating medieval fighting techniques. The renaissance fair and the SCA have given way to dozens of serious martial arts schools dedicated to relearning these ancient arts. The vast majority of them are dedicated to the 15th Century styles found the German manuscripts. Personally I’m more interested in the Dark Ages the 5th to 11th Centuries. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a number of Viking festivals being held in places as diverse as Des Moines Iowa, Ireland and even Russia! You can see these festivals on YouTube. I’ve posted a few links to the left. I may give a review of some of the better events in a later post.

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