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Resources for the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) student, with a particular focus on the ars gladiatoris of Paulus Hector Mair.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What is Mair all about?

An interesting thread on the HEMA Alliance forum explores the following questions:

1) To which tradition does Mair belong? Lichtenauer? Nuremburg?

2) Does Mair present a complete system of swordsmanship (akin to Lichtenauer's and Ringeck's), or an encyclopedias of dirty tricks (akin to Codex Wallerstein)?

3) If Mair's target audience was the wealthy, then why did he include methods for fighting with scythes, sickles, clubs and other peasant weapons?

4) Does Mair's work focus primarily on combat, self-defense or dueling? Or an eclectic mix of all three?

Check it out:

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