In today’s chapter, we go over Alfieri’s ideas for combating opponents who like to circle — aka Destreza fighters.
La Verdadera Destreza is the Spanish school of fencing which can be marked by its upright stance and penchant for circling opponents to gain blade & measure advantage. For additional information on Destreza, I highly recommend the blog Black Birds and Blades. It’s run by my friend Doroga who has put tireless amount of hours and effort into researching different Destreza masters.
In Part 1, Alfieri goes over the different types of fighters one might come across, each based off the four humors. He spent some time talking about dealing with furious opponents on a philosophical level. In this chapter he talks about some actual plays one cane employ.
This weekend has been a lot of short bursts of thinking of Kenric followed by long bouts of trying not to. Fortunately, I was with a large portion of my fencing family, which is exactly who I wanted/needed to be with.
I remember my first interaction with Kenric pretty clearly. It was Sommerdraw of his & Avelina’s first reign, and I had won the day’s Rapier Novice Tourney. I was asked to spell my name so I could be called up into court. I was excited; I had never been called into court before.
Eventually my name was called and I strode up there as proud as could be. I’m sure my bow was awkward as all hell, and I took a knee. He looked at me and in a relatively soft & solemn voice asked if I was nervous. I said no. He smiled, said a few words, and then handed me a bottle of hard cider… to which I learned how fast you make new friends in the SCA when you have booze on you.
This chapter is going to bit of a hot mess, thanks to Alfieri’s lack of details in this manual, specifically what the wounded fencers do in the plays. So strap yourself in ’cause this is gonna be a bumpy ride.