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Friday, February 15, 2013
February 15th Lectures at Nixa Junior High School
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.