Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 10:33:39 -0400
Subject: [EKSouth] Bonus Links: Swords, Swordsmanship (incl Rapier/Fence),Bread,Reading Lists,Ogham,Bogfinds,Printmaking,Tudors,York,Templars,Irish Web,Coins,Fairytales,Parthians

Hello all. Here's an extra set of links to keep you busy! Learn about sword history, swordsmanship and fencing, the history of bread, peruse some celt-and-welsh oriented reading lists, learn the ancient writing system called Ogham, read up on bog finds, learn to make woodcut prints, discover the Tudors at Hampton Court, read about the history of the City of York, find links to things Irish, see Roman coins, read the history behind the Grimms tales, and discover the ancient Parthians.

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(Site Excerpt) NetSword is an Internet discussion group for medieval and renaissance swords, daggers and associated weapons of war. In this series of forums we discuss modern replicas of historical swords along with many other types of weapons and their related fighting techniques. We also discuss all types of historical swords, and the artifacts and events surrounding weapons and warfare from medieval and renaissance times.

Jean's Printmaking Homepage (thanks to Nils K Hammer for this link)
(Site Excerpt) Getting started with a one color print
Making a two color print using a separate registration block
Making a two color print using Japanese Kento registration

The Tudors at hampton Court
(Site Excerpt) The last gasp of the Plantagenet Kings of England, breathed by Richard III on Bosworth Field, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England, and the dawn of the modern era. To be sure, it was not until the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth that the Renaissance got into full swing in England

Vikings in York
(Site Excerpt) The city of York lies 200 miles north of London, 40 miles inland from England's east coast by way of the Humber Estuary. Since its founding by the advancing Roman army in AD 71, York has remained the virtual capital of the north of England, with Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all settling there in turn., and in various way leaving their mark on the city. From the Roman period there survives the outline of the city's walls; the Anglo-Saxon legacy includes the siting of the great Minster church, York's cathedral; and the medieval inheritance is plain for all to see in the numerous fine churches, houses, and the twin Norman castles.

Higgins Armory Sword Guild
(Site Excerpt) These photographs show the German techniques of the 'longsword', also called the bastard sword or hand-and-a-half sword, based on Joachim Meyer's martial arts manual, first published in 1570.

Longsword Techniques of Joachim Meyer
(Site Excerpt) A Master-at-Arms of a Marxbrüder fighting guild in Strasbourg, Alsace, Joachim Meyer is the author of one of the greatest Fechtbücher, or swordplay manuals, ever written. The work, entitled A Thorough Description of the Free, Knightly and Noble Art of Fencing, Showing Various Customary Defenses, Adorned and Put Forth with Many Handsome and Useful Drawings by Joachim Meyer, Free Fencer of Strasbourg, was written in German and was published in 1570, and then republished in 1600, 1660, and possibly 1610.

The Renaissance Rapier
(Site Excerpt) This is intended to be a base of research on the use of the rapier in renaissance Europe. Compiled here is research into five different masters of the rapier between 1573 through 1628. A basic analysis of one manual from each of these experts can be found in our Techniques section. Provided with the interpretations are rendered animations of some
techniques, which may help in clarifying how certain maneuvers were preformed.

Don Danulf's Academy of Defence
(Site Excerpt) Teaching the Noble Science of Elizabethian Fencing in the SCA
Here you will find guides, pointers, and instructions how to use the Rapier to defend yourself in honourale combat. Prey head the words of the masters of defense for to ignore them is to forsake any true claim to life and honor. To the Scholar: Welcome to the Academy of Defence. We offer multiple curriculums for those learning and advancing their knowledge of
rapier and small-sword play. There is something for everone here: from the knowldedge of the Elizathian masters, to blade and footwork drills you can do it home, to the resources necessary to be a Fencing Marshal in the Eastern Kingdom.

The History Behind a Loaf of Bread
(Site Excerpt) Bread, in one form or another, has been one of the principal forms of food for man from earliest times. The trade of the baker, then, is one of the oldest crafts in the world. Loaves and rolls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. In the British Museum's Egyptian galleries you can see actual loaves which were made and baked over 5,000 years ago. Also on display are grains of wheat which ripened in those ancient summers under the Pharaohs. Wheat has been found in pits where human settlements flourished 8,000 years ago. Bread, both leavened and unleavened, is mentioned in the Bible many times. The ancient Greeks and Romans knew bread for a staple food even in those days people argued whether white or brown bread was best.

The Bodies in the Bog: A Reading List

Medieval Irish Literature and Myth Reading List

Celtic Studies Starter Kit (Reading List)

Medieval Welsh Litereature Reading List

Every Ogham Thing on the Web
A definitive web-site list including a downloadable ogham font.

NOTE: Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2002 by Librarians' Index to the Internet,

A History and Mythos of The Knights Templar
Articles on Templar history, mysteries and myths, and Templarism today are included at this site. There are also articles on warrior monks and the Crusades. A "Featured Articles" section has interesting discussions on topics such as The Templars and the Grail, Masonic Templar Regalia and Did The Templars Find The Ark Of The Covenant?
Subjects: Templars -- History...
Created by: dlm

Doras: Directory of Irish Websites
Doras is the Irish Gaelic word for "door" and provides an apt title for this site. Claiming to list about 25,000 Irish Web
sites, Doras includes an internal search engine in addition to a subject directory. Web sites pay to be reviewed and rated;
sites falling in certain categories may apply for a free listing but these are not reviewed. The site is attractive and very
easy to use.
Subjects: Ireland...
Created by: jg

Virtual Catalog of Roman Coins (VCRC)
The VCRC contains images and descriptions of coins from the Early Republic through the end of the fourth century A.D.
and the formal division of the Roman Empire into east and west. Browse by decades for the republic and by emperor/empress for the empire, or search for specific features such as individuals, deities, and inscriptions.
Subjects: Coins, Roman...
Created by: rls

Grimm Brothers' Home Page score: 948
Background information on the life and works of the German brothers who
collected and recorded folktales. Includes full-text English translations of
many of the tales (with links to the original versions on Project
Gutenberg). There are also studies of individual tales, some with
comparisions to similar stories from other cultures. Links to additional
resources are available.
Subjects: Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863 | Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 | Fairy
tales -- Germany | Authors, German -- 19th century | People | More new
Category: Specific Resources
Created by: mg on Jun 5, 2002 - updated Jun 10, 2002

Parthian Empire score: 938
A searchable history of this ancient Persian empire. Its boundaries covered
all of contemporary Iran and portions of Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Information is provided about their
calendar and rulers, with a timeline of ancient world events. Also included
is information about geography (many maps), art and culture, numismatics
(many photos, including coins issued by Rome about Parthia).
Subjects: Parthia | Coins, Parthian
Category: Specific Resources
Created by: dl on Jan 12, 2000 - updated Mar 16, 2002