Tenth Annual Symposium on Historical European Swordsmanship

Event Details

April 26, 2014
9:00 am-4:00 pm

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Handicap access available
Free admission
Sonia Brand-Fisher

The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies will host its tenth annual symposium on historical European martial arts.

Speakers from around the country will present talks and demonstrations on various subjects relating to the practice of historical arms.

This year's program includes Walter Green speaking on The English Masters of Defense: The professional practice of a fencing guild 1540-1590 CE, Jean Chandler on Martial Arts, Warfare, and Late Medieval Urban Society: Debunking myths and searching for the reality of the world of the fencing masters, and others.

You must pre-register by April 24 by e-mailing the Renaissance Center renaissance@english.umass.edu or calling 577-3600. The conference is free of charge and lunch will be provided.


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