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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 747: Arms, Armour, and the Arts of Combat, III: Edged Weapon Typology, Materiality, and Identity

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 747-aThe Prohibiton and Provision for Public Fencing Practice in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
(Language: English)
Jacob H. Deacon, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History
Paper 747-bThe Reformer's Sword or Propaganda Fabrication?
(Language: English)
Adrian Baschung, Museum Altes Zeughaus, Solothurn
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Military History
Paper 747-cThe Rapier: Technology and Martiality, or the Deadly Dance of Form and Function
(Language: English)
Marc Gener-Moret, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metal├║rgicas, Madrid
Index terms: Military History, Social History, Technology

This session explores the typology, materiality, and cultural importance of edged weapons throughout the Middle Ages. Jacob Deacon will examine the prohibition and provision for martial education in late medieval and early modern England. Adrian Baschung will analyse a sword housed in the Swiss National Museum that has long been associated with the reformer Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531) to determine the nature and the veracity of this connection. Marc Gener-Moret will address the where, when, how and, why of the rapier from the 15th century onward in order to demonstrate the role that these weapons were expected to fulfil in an intricate social context.