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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 751: Historical European Martial Arts Studies, I: Martial Cultures before the Age of Fight Books

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for Historical European Martial Arts Studies
Organiser:Eric Burkart, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Trier
Moderator/Chair:Jacob H. Deacon, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 751-aMartial Culture in Catalonia in the 11th Century
(Language: English)
Cornel-Peter Rodenbusch, Institut de Recerca en Cultures Medievals, Universitat de Barcelona / Seminar für mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Law, Military History
Paper 751-bA Merciful Fate: The Role of Mercy in Unarmed Combat in Medieval Iceland
(Language: English)
Qays Stetkevych, School of Journalism, Media & Culture, Cardiff University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History

The academic study of historical martial arts systems has made several important advances in the study of fight books, fencing masters, and the wider martial culture of medieval and early modern Europe. This specific session, however, is primarily concerned with martial cultures and practices which were in existence before the creation of what is widely acknowledged as the first fight book, MS I.33 (Leeds, Royal Armouries), produced at the turn of the 14th century. In this session will be explored several martial themes relating to martial aspects of legal culture in 11th-century Catalonia and the social and cultural underpinnings of mercy in 11th and 12th-century Icelandic literature.