Urban Violence in Late Medieval Germany || Charles Lin

Charles Lin || Capital Kunst des Fechtens

Weapons: Dagger, Sword, Spear

In this class, we will examine several scenarios that are inspired by the legal and social norms for violence in 15-16th century German cities. Ambushes, bar fights, and altercations with the town guard - our scenarios will form a bridge between the context of violence we gather from academic historical sources, and the techniques we find in Fechtbücher of the period. We will discuss the impact of these scenarios on our interpretation of techniques, and the importance of legal and social norms in determining how weapons were used.