Not exactly the Olympic Games…

(Sometimes, irony not only catches fire but then floats up into the sky and drifts away…)

I’ll just give you the short(ish) version:

A few people in the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) decided they wanted to take up fencing/rapier combat, so my brother, as the local marshal (person in charge of SCAdian immitation-medieval-combat activities and such), has to be able to train them. This means he also has to have his own gear — fencing sword, face mask, etc. — in keeping with the regulations in the SCA Rapier Combat Handbook. (Tangent: These people desperately need someone to copyedit/proofread their official publications, not only on a Society-wide level but also at “kingdom” and small-chapter levels.) This means he’s making himself a “fencing doublet” that looks like the style of coat worn in eastern Europe in the late 1400s/earliest 1500s. (Grace offered to make the coat for him, but he wants to do it himself. She is, however, drawing the pattern for the coat — he could probably do that himself, too, but… Well, there would be jokes. More so than there are already, I mean. And Paul says, “Sometimes Grendel doesn’t like being compared to the other guy.” *shrug*)

SCAdian fencing is not like modern fencing, by the way (which is why the title for this post works even if you don’t know the work of fiction it’s from); there’s far less moving in a straight line and trying to stab a hundred times as rapidly as possible, and a lot more actually moving while both attacking and defending. (In our opinion, typical modern fencing — like what’s done in the Olympics and such now — is ridiculous.) I imagine the name Talhoffer is going to be mentioned a lot while my brother is teaching other people how to fight using blunted blades. (Hans Talhoffer wrote a book on fencing and such back in the 1400s. Given C. Grendel’s time period and whatnot, it makes perfect sense that this persona would be familiar with the same fighting styles and techniques.)

Y’know what the really scary thing is about SCAdian fencing? I could do it, too… The trouble I have with my legs wouldn’t interfere. And since a face mask is worn while doing it… *evil not-sinister-twin grin* I mean, people are acustomed at this point to my identical twin fighting with either hand, so there’s no way to tell for certain whether the guy in the fencing mask is left- or right-handed. (I’d wear dark blue, though, instead of dark green. *wonders if ‘viewpoint shift’ would include improved skill with a fencing sword* …Wow, this post went places I wasn’t intending! I should stop comparing C. Grendel to “the other guy,” yeah? Since I don’t like it when anyone does that to me, with a different fictional person? ‘Wait a minute! Gianni is Grendel’s twin? I didn’t even know he had a twin!’ Like that. Except not us.)

 

 

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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