Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods And Techniques by John Clements

By John Clements

From the writer of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the main finished and traditionally actual view ever of the misplaced struggling with arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. in response to years of in depth education and study within the use of eu swords, it includes powerful battling innovations for the sword, sword & defend, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and extra. And with greater than 2 hundred illustrations and infrequent historic records, it's a scholarly reference in addition to a hands-on education consultant for martial artists of all degrees.

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The decoration of the chair has suffered excessive damage over seven hundred years. The present ruined condition of the gesso possibly originated in the repeated tacking and nailing on of coverings on the occasion of coronations. A large number of tacks and nails show up vividly on X-ray photographs, particularly in the interior. The custom of covering the chair with precious material started early, and evidently it was customary for the populace after a coronation to sweep up the nave and rip pieces of the precious cloth from the chair as mementoes.

Clearly, the crown was of great symbolic significance. At his abdication, according to Froissart, Richard II took off his crown in the Tower of London and handed it to Henry of Lancaster saying, ‘Harry, fair cousin and Duke of Lancaster, I present and give to you this crown with which I was crowned King of England, and all the rights dependent on it’. Bolingbroke had the crown and sceptre promptly packed up and taken to the Treasury at Westminster Abbey. Shakespeare shows historical insight, if not strict accuracy, when he portrays Henry IV 15 A crown of gold set with sapphires, rubies, diamonds, pearls and decorated with enamelling.

On these occasions the barons, leading churchmen and magnates met the king in council (Biddle 1986, 51–2). This custom was already followed in Germany and France and it continued in England until the reign of Edward I who was averse to wearing his crown in public. William Rufus used his father’s seal until about 1096 when a matrix was specially executed for him. On this the crown is shown changed: it is the English lily crown but with five points surmounted by trefoils. New features which appear on Rufus’s crown and on crowns in subsequent seals until the reign of Henry II are two strings, tassels or straps which dangle on either side of the royal ears.

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