[Ansteorra-rapier] re: Challenge to all Rapier fighters

Jay Rudin rudin at ev1.net
Tue Jun 8 09:05:34 PDT 2004

Iago wrote:

> Running a gauntlet is similsr to playing a prize.

... except that there's no prize.

The phrase is a confusion of two earlier phrases -- throwing a gauntlet (a
medieval method of issuing a challenge) and running a gantlet/gauntlet
(originally gantlope), which was a a 17th century military punishment,
running between two lines of men with clubs, and which later came to mean
any arranged ordeal.

Consider it a exhibition or general challenge, both known in 16th century
England, and don't sweat the wording.

Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin

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