A bonus episode from the whole team, discussing Dierk Hagedorn and Christian Tobler's recent work.

Dierk deciphered a crossed out section of the 1452 fencing book, which had previously been overlooked.

It explains how a certain technique had been used against Hans Talhoffer in front of a Duke, slicing Hans in the hand and hitting him in the head.

Not only is this evidence that actual RDL techniques were used in fencing, it also ties RDL to Hans Talhoffer the historical person for the first time. 

The conclusion of Season 1. In this episode we answer your questions, look back on the show, and ask where we want to go next.


So long and thanks for all the fish!






This episode continues our discussion on winding, now also with Jess' input. 


Of course, Jess brings the medieval hunting uses of winden...

In this episode we look at lines 102-109 on winding.


Winding is a pretty big deal in Liechtenauer's text, so we spend a while unpacking the word so that it becomes more than magical woo. Wind, turn, coil, spool and twist all get suggested.


We discuss how if 'aus winden' is a thing then it's the opposite of how modern HEMAists use it. And we get stuck on the difference between winden and wenden.



In this episode we look at lines 96-101 on hanging and sprechfenster.


Mike S also does his best to drag cricket into every conversation like a knock off Andy Zaltzmann. 


Steve put together a document of all the use cases here.

Michael Chidester's Patreon.

A cool talk about non-destructive pigment ID in MSs.

Textual evidence that sprechfenster and sprechfenster aren't the same thing.

Later, alternative understandings of sprechfenster.


In this episode we look at couplet 95 on pressing the hands; - "Dein schneid wende zw flechen druck dÿe hende". Tune in and find out what it actually refers to...

This episode covers Ab schneiden (slicing off/slicing away) in lines 93/94 of the zettel. 

Unfortunately we had some technical issues recording, so there are a few jarring moments. Sorry for that, but we hope you're still getting your money's worth... 😉


We continue to look at the wrestling at the sword gloss, this time focusing on the 'arm grappling' plays.

Why are the glosses so different here? Why don't we see these plays in the modern game? Why were these ones selected and not more seemingly fundamental ones?

Have none of these questions answered in this week's episode! 

(Kendra also talks about a recent article on medieval book edges. You can find it here.) 

Recorded back at the end of November, this bonus episode is another look at "Indes", now with Jess' input.

Mostly we discuss adjectives vs. adverbs and the spatial vs. temporal use of the word over time. But mostly we just have fun with it. We also look at how the only contemporary translation of the poem deals with it... or doesn't.

In this episode we discuss lines 91-92 on wrestling. Specifically we talk about the first half of the gloss here - hip throws when the hands go high.

(Durchlauffen at the Paris HEMA Open, Guillaume Laisney closing so fast he left his gloves behind.) 

(a hip bump from Ringeck) 

Have a bunch of links to wrestling clips without any context:






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