The Crossguard #3: The Development Of Handprotection

This is the third post on my article series on the development of hand protection in sword fights. The first one was some myth-busting, explaining, why the Crossguard was no design of the Christian faith. The second post was looking at the meaning of hand protection for fighters through the (to me) known part of … Continue reading The Crossguard #3: The Development Of Handprotection

The Crossguard #2: Who needs to Protect the Hand in a Sword Fight?

This is the second post on my article series on the development of hand protection in sword fights. The first one was some myth-busting, explaining, why the Crossguard was no design of the Christian faith. There are some more myths to bust. Let us start with the two most common to which I added a … Continue reading The Crossguard #2: Who needs to Protect the Hand in a Sword Fight?

The Tafur: the Man-Eaters and their Famous Shield

Little is known about a shield that appeared in the 11th century and disappeared in the 14th century. The shield was called "talevaces" (English), "taneva s, talevart, tolfaces" (French), or "talebart" (Spanish). There are very few sources mentioning the shield but they are geographically largely distributed for such a an item. The first mentioning of shields of this term is found along the chronicles of the crusades, and the research does not really start, when a gruesome group pops up: the Tafurs.

The Buckler in the Chronicle of Prussia

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 367, Nikolaus <von Jeroschin>, 1415 The "Chronicle of Prussia" is a translation of the "Chronica terrae Prussiae" of Peter von Dusburg into 27,738 rhyming couplet verses in East Central German, written in 1331/41. This chronicle of particularly high source value for the years 1311-1331. Around verses 2270 he starts to … Continue reading The Buckler in the Chronicle of Prussia