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The Princess and the Eye Patch

Doña Ana de Mendoza, the Princess of Éboli, is a woman full of historic intrigue and mystery. Fascination of her is fueled not only by her legendary beauty, courtly manipulations, and murderous plot, but also the mystery surrounding an alleged … Continue reading

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Historical Fencing Resources from Cercle des Escrimeurs du Pays Vençois

A French fencing website caught my attention recently. The site belongs to Cercle des Escrimeurs du Pays Vençois.  The page that sparked my interest consists of a series of fairly detailed fencing timelines organized by topic.  The topics are numerous … 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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The Fencing Mask: Trading Fencing Purity for Safety

The fencing mask that modern fencers would recognize as such was not invented until the latter half of the 18th century.  However, that’s not to say that there were no fencing masks before this time.  Before that time, a fencing … Continue reading

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