Several hundred students attended our seven 40 minute presentations on "Knighthood in Context". Intensely interactive, the presentations involved students directly in understanding the historical conditions and social forces that resulted in the emergence of feudalism and the armored knight. We juxtaposed demonstrations of working model siege engines with closely supervised "hands on" displays of replica clothing, weapons & armor to provide an absolutely unique educational opportunity for those in attendance. As always, we closed each presentation with several minutes of full speed sparring: in this case, predominantly German longsword from the Liechtenauer tradition. The presentations were extremely well received -- and we were formally asked back for next year before we started packing up.
Fiore Dei Liberi's Flos Duellatorum -- "The Flower of Battle", c. 1410 -- is the centerpiece of the Spring training schedule. Sunday's class involved the fundamentals of movement and body position as well as the beginnings of Italian medieval dagger play. We worked from a number of sources, including:
images from a facsimile of the Getty manuscript of Flos Duellatorum
Tom Leoni's Second Edition English translation thereof
Robert Charrette's exhaustive interpretation (Armizare) of the bulk of the work
Guy Windsor's workbook covering the dagger portion
We drilled on the mechanics of plays 1 - 10 of the First Remedy Master -- then had enough time remaining to do a bit of free sparring with rubber rondels.