Tag Archives: 17th Century

The Flamberge

Related to the German flammenschwert (flame sword), the flamberge (flame blade) was a rapier variation named for its undulating blade. Found among the upper class in the 17th Century, the flamberge variant is also seen in the transitional rapier, the … Continue reading

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The Wallace Collection

London’s Wallace Collection is one of the world’s premiere museum collections. Research Assistant, Francesca Levey, has the enviable task of cataloging the Oriental Armoury and has shared some of her experiences and insights in a blog post. Get a sense … Continue reading

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The Academy of Arms: Paris’s Royal Fencing Institution

Since the 16th century, fencing masters received special treatment in France. In 1567, the French king Charles IX provided letters patent to the Parisian fencing masters, publicly recognizing their fencing association. Subsequent kings extended the same royal privilege to the … Continue reading

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