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'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 1
Historical European Martial Arts

Edited by Ken Mondschein

'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 1
Paperback, 100 pages £20.50
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781937439132
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History
Series: Insights from Reconstruction, Reenactment, and Re-creation

Understanding the past takes more forms than historiography. Since 2005, professional and amateur scholars have come together at the annual International Medieval Congress in Western Michigan University to discuss the role re-construction, re-enactment and re-creation can play in 'breathing life into these dry bones' to deepen our knowledge of the past. Under the sponsorship of the Higgins Armory Museum and the Oakeshott Institute, presenters have looked at subjects ranging from ore smelting to equitation to the use of recreation and reenactment in the classroom.

A special focus of these sessions has always been the critical examination of European fencing books, or Fechtbucher - not only for the sake of reconstructing the arts found therein, but also for what these sources can tell us about intellectual, cultural and social history. Thanks in part to editors' Mondschein and Cramer's work, the study of fencing books has rapidly become a recognized field of academic study.

This volume brings together eight papers examining the study and reconstruction of medieval and early modern fight-books and related subjects. The subjects covered range from manuscript studies to philology, from Aristotelian physics to martial musicality, from medieval textuality to women and warfare. It will be of interest not only to professional historians, musicologists, literary scholars and art historians, but also to the vast army of impassioned and enthusiastic practitioners who endeavor, as a labour of love, to make the past come to life.

Introduction     Ken Mondschein

Amazon, Allegory, Swordswoman, Saint? The Walpurgis Images in Royal Armouries MS I.33     Valerie Eads and Rebecca L. R. Garber

Arts and Crafts of War: die Kunst des Schwertes in its Manuscript Context     Keith Alderson

The Medieval Experience of Time: Aristotle, Universals, and Technologies     Ken Mondschein

Patterns of Remedy in il Fior di Battaglia     Robert Charrette

Memory and Performance: Visual and Rhetorical Strategies of Medieval Martial Arts Texts     Sean Hayes

The Terminology of Medieval English Fight Texts: A Brief Overview     James Hester

Pure Air and Fire: Re-creating Medieval Horsemanship, or How to Ride like a Knight     Michael A. Cramer

Performance of the "Palästinalied" of Walther von der Vogelweide     Mary Loomer Oliver

Ken Mondschein is a history professor at American Intentional College and Westfield State University, as well as a fencing master. he is the author and translator of Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise (2009); The Knightly Art of Battle (2011); and The Art of the Two-Handed Sword (2012).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 100 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  HIS010000, HIS027000, HIS037010
 Freelance Academy Press


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