...for as divinity preserves the soul from hell and the devil, so does this noble science defend the body from wounds & slaughter. And moreover, the exercising of weapons puts away aches, griefs, and diseases, it increases strength, and sharpens the wits. It gives a perfect judgement, it expels melancholy, choleric and evil conceits, it keeps a man in breath, perfect health, and long life. It is unto him that has the perfection thereof, a most friendly and comfortable companion when he is alone, having but only his weapon about him. It puts him out of fear, & in the wars and places of most danger, it makes him bold, hardy and valiant.
As seen here: Historical Fencing Manuals Online -- Swords & Swordsmanship
I see a new workout program in all this! Or am I just showing the first signs of RenFaire Syndrome?
Link from the always visually stunning and intellectually stimulating The Lion & the Cardinal
Labels: fun, medieval, swords, weapons