'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 1
Historical European Martial Arts
Edited by Ken Mondschein
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).
New Titles List
Insights from Reconstruction, Reenactment, and Re-creation
- 'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 1 - Historical European Martial Arts
- 'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 2 - High in Protean Content