Strokez off ii hand swerde: a brief instruction in the use of personal arms

Mark Geldof

Abstract


London, British Library MS Cotton Titus A xxv, f 105r-v is a rare example of instruction in personal arms in Middle English. Despite the evident value of martial prowess in the late medieval period there are few texts that instruct fighting men in the use of arms. The few texts that do survive offer rare insight into the value of skilled violence in elite society as well as the difficulties faced by early composers of instructions for complex physical action.

Keywords


fechtbuch; weapons; fencing

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