DOCUMENTARY: The Battle of Lützen

Came across this half hour Swedish documentary (English subs) on the Battle of Lützen, where Swedish king and military innovator King Gustavus Adolphus.

The documentary goes to the site where the battle takes place with an archeological crew to find out if the mass graves there were filled with Swedes or Germans. They also figure out what the soldiers died mostly from — swords, musket barrels (blunt force) or shot.

It’s not exactly an eye-opening documentary for anyone already interested in the era, but it’s worth a watch just the same as the Thirty Year’s War continues to be a relatively overlooked bit of European history.

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East Kingdom Rapier Army Officer Commissions Project

This is my second year as General of the East Kingdom Rapier Army and I wanted to do something special for my immediate staff who put in a lot of hard work and effort over the year as well as during Pennsic. They take time out of their vacation to deal with me, do bunch of Woods Walks, come to a ton of meetings, etc. Being on Command Staff is fun but it’s also work that takes one away from other Pennsic fun.

Last year I “paid” my staff with replica French coins that I bought at a vendor at Pennsic. This year I decided to write officer commissions to official recognize their role on my command staff and as leaders in the East Kingdom Rapier Army.

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Text for Katerina Falconer de Lanark’s AoA Scroll

I forget exactly when and under what the context of the conversation was, but Countess Meggie suggested that I write some words for scrolls. So last summer I wrote two for people I knew.

Lady Katerina Falconer de Lanark
❤ Lady Katerina Falconer de Lanark ❤

I posted the OSR scroll I wrote for Zohane, but this Award of Arms scroll for my wife was truly the first scroll that I ever wrote. I did a bunch of research into period documents, looking for inspiration but came up empty. So, like with Zohane’s scroll, I used Mistress Alys’ Scroll Madlibs as some inspiration and then added in some of my own poetic flair that “sounded period” to my ears.

I did put in a little Easter Egg for her in the text — Captain Marvel — one of her favorite superheroes. I also wanted to call out all the work she did for the Calivers even before she joined the SCA and started fencing with us. Continue reading Text for Katerina Falconer de Lanark’s AoA Scroll

Text for Zohane Faber’s OSR Scroll

Last summer I delved into writing words for scrolls. One of them being for one of my Calivers & friends — Zohane Faber. He was to be inducted into the Order of the Silver Rapier at Pennsic.

Zohane has a a late 16th Century Milan persona. Along with being a fencer, he’s a talented and dutiful period chef and head of the Carolingian Cooks Guild, so I wanted to give his OSR a chef’s flair.

To do this, I dug into one of Maestro Martino of Como’s cook books. Maestro Martino of Como has been called the first celebrity chef, and his extraordinary treatise on Renaissance cookery, The Art of Cooking, is the first known culinary guide to specify ingredients, cooking times and techniques, utensils, and amounts. Continue reading Text for Zohane Faber’s OSR Scroll

Alfieri Part 2, Chapter XIX: On Wounding & Disarming

Today we’ll be looking at the plays in Plate 19 of La Scherma by Francesco Ferdiando Alfieri.  You can snag the Terminiello copy over on Amazon and the Tom Leoni version over on LuLu. I’m cross-referencing both in this chapter.

This is the last Single Rapier chapter in Alfieri’s manual where he talks briefly about disarms, and then teases some other ideas. Alfieri starts off by talking about how disarming an opponent is no common feat.

DisarmSpoiler: The disarms aren’t nearly as ridiculous as this. Probably for the best.

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Alfieri Part 2, Chapter XVIII: On Wounding an Enemy Who Passes with the Left Foot

Today we’ll be looking at the plays in Plate 18 of La Scherma by Francesco Ferdiando Alfieri.  You can snag the Terminiello copy over on Amazon and the Tom Leoni version over on LuLu. I’m cross-referencing both in this chapter.


This chapter goes over how to defend, attack and wound an opponent who attacks with too much rashness, specifically by an opponent who’s trying to kill you with the passing step.

I think it would be fun to go over this plate while working on the plays from Plate VIII and IX. Continue reading Alfieri Part 2, Chapter XVIII: On Wounding an Enemy Who Passes with the Left Foot

Alfieri Part 2, Chapter XVII: How to Wound a Left-Handed Opponent

Today we’ll be looking at the plays in Plate 17 of La Scherma by Francesco Ferdiando Alfieri.  You can snag the Terminiello copy over on Amazon and the Tom Leoni version over on LuLu. I’m cross-referencing both in this chapter.


This chapter is meant to help right-handed fencers deal with those pesky southpaw (see: lefty) fighters. For many, running into lefties is a rare occurrence where lefties running into a righty is pretty common, giving them a smidge of a tactical advantage.

Left-handed

The good news is that a lot of the same techniques we use against right-handed fencers can work against our left-handed counterparts. The system is great that way, but it does take a little bit of rewiring your brain to see the proper openings and attacks. This chapter by Alfieri should get you on the right track.

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Researching swords, gonnes and garb during the 16th and 17th Centuries.