[Ansteorra-rapier] Rapier Melee practice

Theron Bretz tbretz at montroseclinic.org
Wed Sep 5 15:13:07 PDT 2001

> >Fine, I'm discouraging people from going to war practices. I've been
> >it for years and look at the results I've garnered. I'm a bad guy. The
> >opposite of black is inherently white.  Happy? :-)
> Puck sheepishly replies:
> Maybe, my post sounded harsher than it was meant to.  Sorry about that.
> wasn't really meant to put you in the bad guy corner, just to kind of poke
> some fun at you.
> like this:  poke poke

S'Okay.  I just sometimes get taken aback by how many people out there who
seem to think I'm somehow deadly serious about things like this.

> I just hardly ever hear people use the word "eschew."  Most people seem to
> eschew it.
> :)

One of my many mundane nicknames is "Dictionary Boy" along with "Grammar

> >Well, I'm one of those weirdos who thinks that the SCA's occasional
> >is to do things that are remotely historically accurate.  That means
> >fighting wars with the accoutrements of war.  Not bird spits, to remember
> >Master Silver.
> "Rapier war" is probably a bad choice of words.  I'd agree with that, but
> tend to engage on the skirmish level anyway.  Maybe 100-150 people on a
> at best.  I think we could find evidence of civilan conflict on that
> Maybe the apprentice riots in London?  I'm sure we could find evidence of
> medium to small sized civilan conflicts between protestants and catholics.

Well, I'm sure rapiers were among the weapons used in such civilian
encounters, but so were cudgels, farm and craft implements, sharp sticks,
fire, firearms, and short polearms.  Most such encounters were also
distinguished by mob rule and an utter lack of tactical planning.  Which
once again proves my point that War Practice for rapier combat is a needless
activity. :-)

Who will next try to prove that up is down...

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