||David M. Cvet - A Brief Examination of Fiore dei Liberi's Treatises Flos Duellatorum & Fior di Battaglia
An examination of Fiore's life based on currently available material and a brief comparative analysis of the Pisani-Dossi, Morgan's and Getty's versions of Fiore's treatises.
||Russ Howe - Fiore dei Liberi : Origins and Motivations
A comprehensive exploration of the life of Friulian swordsmaster, Fiore dei Liberi, who was born mid-14th century, died early 15th century, and the politics of the period and area in which Fiore grew up, learned the art while traveling throughout Europe.
||David M. Cvet - Editor's Note
The journey back to the journal has only just begun, and have expectations that there will be a high level of interest in practitioners and researchers wishing to publish their works in this journal...
||Dr. Charles H. Hackney - Reflections on audatia as a Martial Virtue
Charles examines, from a variety of perspectives, Liberi's use of the term audatia by drawing primarily from the philosophical and psychological literature, as virtue theories are currently gaining ground in these fields. He discusses how it may be cultivated, and how it may be applied in the life of a martial artist.
||Dr. Timothy Dawson - 'A club with an edge'
The image of medieval and Renaissance weaponry in Europe, just as many other areas of life in the period, is the subject of many widely accepted "facts" of uncertain origin. The remark that gives this article its title embodies two of the most widespread of these, i.e. medieval swords were clumsy, heavy bludgeoning implements, and after c.1400, were light and dexterous tools.
||David M. Cvet - The Measure of a Master Swordsman
A detailed examination of one of the earliest known swordsmasters of the late 14th and early 15th century, of a page known as "sette spada" from the treatise written by Fiore dei Liberi in 1410 illustrating the combative attributes required of a skilled fighter stemming from an allegorical interpretation and symbolism of beasts.
||Anthony Shore - The Two-Handed Great Sword - Making lite of the issue of weight
An informative article that attempts to dispel some of the myths and misinformation surrounding the issue of weight of the two-handed great sword and its deployment in assaults.
||David M. Cvet - Editor's Note
Another successful year for both journals, with over 20 articles published in 2003.
Book & Video Reviews
||David M. Cvet - The Beginner's Guide to the Longsword
The book is appropriately titled and therefore, for those indivduals who have no experience in the world of historical fencing and historical martial arts, and who do not wish to delve into the extreme subtleties of any form of historical fighting arts - a "reader's digest" of the art of longsword fencing, this book is for you.
||David M. Cvet - Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts
Much of the material found in this book is recycled from previous publications or websites and which have been available to the historical Western fighting arts community for years. However, the book does offer a preview of works which may be produced by those mentioned and therefore, some value can be attributed to this publication for that reason.
||David M. Cvet - The Armorer's Workshop with Peter Fuller - A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Hourglass Gauntlets
Peter Fuller defines what a master armorer truly means. His ability to convey his knowledge and expertise in the construction of historically accurate "hourglass" gauntlets, consistent with c1370 period through the medium of DVD confirms in my books, his place as a master of the art.
||Paul Bielak - Capoeira - The history of an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art.
The book is by far the most in depth work on Capoeira written in English to date. It's perspective is born of inquisition rather than the "gospel truth" word of mouth tradition so common in Capoeira circles.
||David M. Cvet - The Crooked Stick
Hugh D.H. Soar's latest book, "The Crooked Stick" is a comprehensive study and presentation of the amazing history of the traditional longbow. The longbow, a pivotal technical development by mankind, had influenced the survival of humankind, as well as the outcome of battles from the earliest days of the medieval period, well into the period of Tudor monarchy till the opening of the 17th century.
||Murray Eiland - Gladiators and Caesars
The book was designed to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum - originally at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg - held between 21 October 2000 to 23 January 2003, it belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in historical combat. Translated from German, it presents up to date research that has hitherto not been widely available in English. It covers combat arts, Greek sports, chariot racing, and the theatre. Pride of place is, as the title suggests, given to gladiators.
||David M. Cvet - Italian Rapier Combat - Ridolfo Capo Ferro
Ridolfo Capo Ferro, master of the Italian rapier, whose work is based on over 200 years of Italian fencing tradition, published the original treatise in 1610, almost exactly 200 years after the first known Italian fencing treatise by the great fencing master, Fiore dei Liberi, presents to the practioner, access to the foundations of fencing so difficult to extract from historical treatises. This publication now unlocks the original treatise and makes available to every practitioner the eloquent nature and elements of Italian rapier fencing.
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David is the Founder and President of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA), an organization dedicated to the resurrection and formalization of medieval martial arts training systems. He received training in Milan, Italy employing steel weapons in longsword techniques and has participated in various organizations dedicated to studying the Middle Ages. His background and experience having fired his desire to pursue a formal medieval martial arts training program, he founded AEMMA in mid-1998. He is also a board member (Director) of the Association for Historical Fencing (AHF). David received his appointment of free scholler in Oct, 2000, and is the provost of the Academy as of May 1, 2005. He is also the 23rd President of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.
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Tony is a professional fight director and martial arts/stage combat tutor. Since 1978 he has traversed a wide range of Asian, Polynesian and European martial arts, with a particular interest in both European "folk styles" and the combatives of the late 1800s. He was a pioneer of padded-attacker self-defence training in his home country of New Zealand and serves as an advisor for several international martial arts and stage combat organisations.
Tony's fight direction and action sequences have been featured in over one hundred and seventy feature film, television, theatre, opera and ballet productions. Between 1998-2000 he served as the Fighting Styles Designer for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and in 2002 he toured Japan with the Washington Opera Company's production of Otello starring Placido Domingo. Tony has taught, directed and performed throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia, the USA, England, Ireland, Canada and Japan. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his son, Josh.
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