Swords Through the Ages

This presentation on historical European swordsmanship is a combination of lecture/discussion and physical demonstration. We seek to link the correlation between the book and the sword and as such we include material from the earliest known combat manual (MS I.33 from the early 14th century) to Alfred Hutton’s Cold Steel (a manual from 1890) covering over half a millenia of the history of the sword in Western Europe and its use. We also tend to tailor the program a bit depending on the audience and the library’s interests. The basic elements include:

-A chronological presentation of several different eras of sword use. This includes us physical demonstrating the use of several different types of swords
-A question and answer/”mythbusters” segment where were discuss the common misconceptions about swords
-Some images from historical works
-An introduction to historical interpretation which includes some audience participation

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November 3rd

6:30pm - 8:30pm


Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States

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