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)