Wednesday, May 23, 2007

What's next? Trial by Comfy Chair?

Daniel Mitsui has been posting some interesting Mediaeval instructions and ritual prayers to be said at different trials by ordeal. Many of the ordeals are quite scary such as the Ordeal by Hot Iron. The most recent one though - Ordeal by Barley Bread - verges on the Pythonesque.

Still, always great content from Mr. Mitsui.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

This Noble Science

...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 blog.

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