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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 636: Historical European Martial Arts Studies, II: The Art of Fighting in Context

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

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 636-aKing Christian IV and His Fencing Masters
(Language: English)
Claus Frederik Sørensen, Nyborg Castle, Museums of Eastern Funen, Denmark
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Performance Arts - General
Paper 636-bDepictions of Combat in Medieval Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
(Language: English)
James F. Hester, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Art History - General, 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, 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.