Date: Sunday 9th December 2018, from 11:00am-5:00pm.
We are going to round off the year by duelling, sparring, and doing some “physical education” as taught and practised in the 15th century.
From 11am to 2pm, we will be working with the Collectanea of Pietro Monte, published in 1509, which talks about the practice of physical education in the preceding few decades. We will follow the same exercises and note the parallels between each exercise or game and the kinds of skills that are useful in fencing. This will equip you with the necessary information and exercises to work off the soon-to-be-incoming mince pies and mulled wine that so often occur throughout December.
From 2pm until 5pm, we will start working with Talhoffer’s Copenhagen manuscript from 1459, specifically with his material on the causes and conduct of judicial duels. This part of the session will begin with a brief presentation on the context of judicial duelling in the 15th century, and then we will proceed to run a miniature tournament following due judicial procedure, in an attempt to establish which participant has been involved in the fewest illegitimate activities over the course of 2018. Needless to say, the results from this tournament will be submitted to Santa for his nice and naughty lists.
The tournament will probably finish early, and the rest of the afternoon will be spent in free sparring.
Afterwards, we’ll head to a nearby carvery for dinner and socialising. More details to follow in due course.
- £35 per person on the day; or
- £30 per person if you book in advance through the website; and
– club members with an up to date membership will receive a further members’ discount if you use the code that you should have received by email upon arranging your 2018-2019 membership. (If you haven’t received this code, and feel that you should have, please contact us and let us know!) (Members of any other AHA-affiliated club will be eligible for the same discount.)
We have a maximum of 20 tickets available due to space.