Klaus Störtebeker (1360 - 1401), was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers who were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions.
After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves “Likedeelers” (literally: equal sharers).
image: Skull alleged to have belonged to Störtebeker, found in 1878
I’m back from SMDF. A weird one - I got a feder to the webbing between my thumb and forefinger on the first day, and after getting stitches discovered couldn’t hold anything with it. So much for the messer and buckler tournament or the longsword tournament.
Then I was asked to run a grappling…
pronunciation | "so-frO-‘sU-nA
Greek script | σωφροσύνη
note | To everyone who is thinking “I want to get there” and also to everyone who is thinking “I’ll never get there”—you will. Even if it’s a battle, keep fighting, because you are good and strong and valuable, and your happiness is worth it.
Once very much used, after The Fall, the treadwheel crane was soon forgotten. Fortunately, it came back some time during the 13th century.
It’s most notable use was during the Gothic period. There would be no magnificent cathedrals without the use of this, sometimes very dangerous, contraption. It was used everywhere, from ports to sewing guilds.
image: Pieter Bruegel’s Construction of The Tower of Babel featuring a double treadwheel crane (10,629 × 13,481)
The messer stuff in Dobringer is really clean and makes sense (4 openings, 4 cuts, use the whole weapon, don’t stop moving, left hand grabs while right hand wounds), except for the shield steps. Backward shield step makes sense to me, since it results in a stable footwork and you seriously void…
All that I can find on the ‘shield step’ is:
Also know that there are to shield steps, which are useful for many fencing techniques: One step backward and one forward and these steps are done by crossing one leg over the other in a slinging or slanting motion.
That’s seriously little to go on, but makes me think of a girata type technique. In Leckuencher there is the Pogen/Bogen steps, which look similar. They start at 128v of Kunst des Messerfechtens (Cgm 582)
If you could excuse me, I’m going to sleep for six hours, drive to London, and show up on their doorstep with a federschwert and a smile.
[Also, no-one at the gig would punch me when I asked them too. I am disappointed.]