Realistic Historical Sword Fighting
Shoutout to the fuckwits who think longswords were all about random hacking and slashing.
Actually the Medieval long sword, being a one-handed blade, would usually be in conjunction with a shield, which is a style that relies more heavily on building momentum to blocking and hacking, relying on force to drive the blade through the foe. What’s in these gifs is a fighting style for the two-handed sword (such as claymores or the Bidenhänder style of blade) and hand and a half (or bastard) sword. Both of these are generally termed in the Medieval or Renaissance period as “Long Swords”, but more recognized now by the term Great Sword, that was invented for the style in 15th century fencing manuals.
If you’re interested in looking into this further, Old Swordplay: Techniques of the Great Masters by Alfred Hutton is a short, but excellent read. It’s written by a Victorian, but a military scholar familiar with the older 15th and 14th fencing restructuring and provides excellent diagrams from older fencing manuals to illustrate the more archaic styles.
rerebloging because this is good info.
Thank god for the sword fandom