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Wednesday Fencing

A few notes from last week's longsword class.

We revised our current suite of cutting drills, the Mastercut exercise and the first posture exercise.  We added a second posture exercise: Start with left foot forward adopting each posture in turn while saying its name.

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Wednesday Fencing

A few notes from last week's longsword class.

We returned to the earlier drills.  To the cutting drills we added a variant where the Oberhau are performed with the short-edge, in the manner of a Schielhau.  So we have Schielhau 1, Unterhau 3, Unterhau 2, Schielhau 4.  Also Schielhau 1, Schielhau 4, Unterhau 2, Unterhau 3.  Note that the second pattern includes the short-edge to the top left followed by short-edge to the top right that we found in Meyer's first play from Vom Tag.

We revised the plays from Vom Tag, adding the next two.

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Wednesday Fencing

A few notes from last week's Longsword class.

In addition to the previous week's drills, two new ones.

Posture drill: Adopt postures while saying name.  Start with left foot forward, then repeat with right foot forward.

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Death: Alcuin of York (804)

Here, I beg thee, pause for a while, traveler,
And ponder my words in thy heart,
That thou mayest understand thy fate in my shadow:
The form of thy body will be changed as was mine.

Alcuin was born in Northumbria sometime around around 735 and about the only thing known about his family is that his father's name also started with an "A".  He was educated at York by Ecgbert who had been a student of Bede; and Alcuin eventually became a deacon.

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Coronation: Henry V (1011)

On this day in 1011, Henry V was crowned Emperor.

The young Henry (Heinrich) gained papal support in the traditional manner: by rebelling against the Emperor (in this case, his father, Henry IV).  But once his father was dead, he decided -- in the traditional manner -- that perhaps papal support wasn't that important.

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Frederick II in Jerusalem (1229)

On this day in 1229, Emperor Frederick II showed the crown in Jerusalem.

The city of Jerusalem had been won for Latin Christendom by Godfrey of Bouillon and the crusading army in 1099.  Until its capture by Saladin in 1187, it had been the capital of a new, Latin kingdom in the Levant.  Whilst the Third Crusade had shored up the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Richard the Lionheart did not even attempt to re-take the city.  Thus the Kingdom of Jerusalem struggled on, a thin strip of land clinging to the east coast of the Mediterranean, perpetually in search of a king.

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