Ing over at Blog Ing just wrote a post about Deadliest Warrior, and it reminded me of another similar show I’ve run into recently. It’s called Weapons That Made Britain, and it’s cool because it mixes historical fact with modern weapon testing by a medieval weapons expert. The guests on Deadliest Warrior are called experts, but sadly they don’t get to really show off their technique very much. They just get to slice through pig carcasses and gel dummies. But the guy on Weapons That Made Britain is a real historian and weapons master, and he really gets to show off sometimes. There’s one episode where he’s on a horse, weaponless, charging a guy who has a sword, and he manages to disarm the guy and take the sword. Of course, it is staged, but it’s still amazing. This is a great resource for those who may have questions about medieval weapon use. A few samples:

Weapons That Made Britain

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I thought those were some interesting videos. I was impressed with the hacking power of the falchion – I use it a lot in my fantasy writing – so thanks for sharing them.

R.

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This is pretty cool stuff. I haven’t managed to see the one where he disarms the guy — that’d be wicked — but I like the other videos I’ve seen. This guy does seem to know his stuff.

Ben
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I should have posted a link to the disarm maneuver in the first place. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCRJ4gprJQ0&feature=related

It’s part six of a series showing an entire episode called “Swords.” He uses the Battle of Barnet from the War of the Roses as a framework to show off various aspects of fighting with the sword. Cool stuff.