Terry Brown

English Longsword: The Harleian Manuscript

Most period two hand sword texts or fechtbücher of the 14th and 15th centuries were of German or Italian provenance so folios 82 – 85 of Harley ms 3542 provide a rare and welcome  glimpse into a medieval method of English two-hand sword combat. Contained within this work (ff.84v -85r ) is  a well-written verse that hitherto, due to its use of supposed cryptic […]