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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 536: Historical European Martial Arts Studies, I: Modern Practice and Its Connection to the Source Material

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Acta Periodica Duellatorum: An Open-Access Journal for Historical European Martial Arts Studies
Organiser:Daniel Jaquet, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Jaquet, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
Paper 536-aLimits of Understanding in Historical European Martial Arts Studies
(Language: English)
Eric Burkart, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Index terms: Art History - General, Education, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - German
Paper 536-bPrologues, Prose, and Portrayals: The Purposes of 15th-Century Fight Books According to the Diplomatic Evidence
(Language: English)
Jacob H. Deacon, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Military History
Paper 536-cMartial Arts Manuscripts in Europe and Asia: A Comparison
(Language: English)
Sixt Wetzler, Deutsches Klingenmuseum, Solingen
Index terms: Education, Military History

This session addresses issues concerning the practice of martial arts throughout late medieval Europe. Martial arts systems were used for a wide range of purposes, from self defence needs or preparing for a judicial duel, to displaying or practising skills for training and entertainment. These different applications are all governed by equally varying systems of rules. These studies are mainly based on investigations focusing on the so called 'fight books' - technical literature which codified the martial gestures both with text and illustrations from the early 14th century. Researchers also draw on other material and textual elements such as arms and armour, literary and normative texts, or iconography studied in context.