Jewish Fighters of Medieval Europe
When we think of medieval Europe, knights, jousting, and sword fights come to mind. New light has been shed on fighting practices in medieval Europe, however, by the discovery of treatises, some of which describe the techniques employed and taught by Jewish fighting masters. Join Elizabeth as she delves into this little known field of fighting styles and learn about how you too can learn to fight like a medieval European.
Camillo Agrippa. Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise ed. and trans. Ken Mondschein. Italica Press, 2014.
Bondì Di Mazo. La spada maestra. Per Domenico Lovisa à Rialto, à spese dell'Autore, 2014.
Thomas Ebendorfer. Chronica Austriae. Monumenta Germaniae Historica.
Ken Mondschein. The Knightly Art of Battle. Getty Publications, 2011.
Ken Mondschein. The Art of the Two-Handed Sword. SKA Swordplay Books, 2012.
Miri Rubin. Gentile Tales: the Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.
B. Ann Tlusty. The Martial Ethic in Early Modern Germany. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Additional helpful links
Acta Periodica Duellatorum
HEMA Alliance, with club finder
Jewish Communities of Austria
Ken Mondschein’s fencing website
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)
1/28/2018 08:11:17 am
I am a novice mideivilist and military professional who has spent 14 years living in West Germany, Italy and England (1989-1993, 1999-2008) where I first encountered what you now call HEMA in sculptures, tapestries and in many small village reinactment festivals. Keep up the good works your podcast was enlightening.
1/29/2018 02:51:43 pm
Thank you so much, Frank! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
7/1/2019 07:56:20 am
It was amazing! Thank you very much.
2/1/2021 09:42:49 pm
Thanks for this fascinating piece. I’ve researched the scattered but very definite presence of Jewish soldiering—as warriors, mercenaries, and even men-at-arms in various medieval armies across the European continent and across the centuries. I wonder if there was ever a Jewish knight? My assumption is they would either have to have been a convert or crypto-Jewish.
9/15/2021 08:05:23 pm
What an interesting episode! The notion that many more real-life stories like those from the episode exist & remain untold is so inspiring for young historians.
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