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>Date: Sat, 08 May 1999 09:18:24
>To: mike brown <[log in to unmask]>
>From: Gil Hardwick <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Swords and shields
>A medieval leather worker wrote:
>>>One source would be the Celts own mythology- it's all invasions & cattle
>>>raids. Or are you disreagarding that because it doesn't fit your theory
>Celts own mythology? Don't you mean the few remaining transcripts of
>Celtic mythology, rendered by Christian monks after about the 8C AD?
>>>OK, this whole thing just tells me that our allegedly absent member has
>>>never touched a sword, let alone picked one up & actually fought with it.
>>>I, on the other hand, have. Not seriously, I admit, but I have. However,
>>my husband will be fighting in our kingdom's next crown tourney & knows
>>what he's about. He fights every weekend & a number of his buddies fight
>>three or more times a week. Knowing this, I read this e-mail to him and
>>he just >>about fell off his chair he laughed so hard.
> . . my husband will be fighting in our kingdom's next crown tourney . . ?
>Sorry to upset the tourist dollar, and the medieval leatherwork sales,
>but let's suppose your husband wanted to actually kill somebody, not
>merely best them in a public tournament.
>How then would your romance stand up?
>>>Based on his experience & my time spent watching him on the listfield, I
>>can make the following observation- swords & shields are not for show
>>unless you're parading around for the royalty. In an actual fight, you
>>use the stuff.
> . . watching him on the listfield . . . use the stuff?
>I suppose your husband is back next week for another show, is it? Not
>in jail on a charge of manslaughter, if not murder . . .
>>>And while the farmers & commoners probably used whatever they could grab
>>for a weapon, nobles & the wealthy definitely had swords.
>Well, yes, farmers and commoners had urgent business protecting their
>livelihoods. They went out to prevent the raid however they could.
>Nobles and the wealthy definitely had swords. And shields. And decorative
>costume . . .
>Velvet doublets and plumed helms too, perchance?
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