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Sail through history aboard the full-size reconstruction of the famous Elizabethan galleon. We welcome aboard visitors, schools and families to explore the ship and learn about its fascinating history.

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28/03/2021
The Golden Hinde

Get ready ready for some serious SPEED! Well.... As fast as a Tudor Galleon goes, which is around 4 nautical miles per hour... But you get the idea! Learn how to navigate a sailing ship with our 'Gadget Gallery' video! This episode introduces the 'Chip Log' - your essential kit for measuring speed and distance at sea...

Why do we measure speed at sea in 'knots'? What is a 'Chip Log'? And why, in the old days, did sailors throw bits of trees off the back of their ships? Find out the answers in our first 'Gadget Gallery' video... Your guide to the essential kit for sailing a Tudor galleon!
Discover more Golden Hinde videos here: https://buff.ly/2W0ybul

26/03/2021
THE VAULT | Official Trailer | Paramount Movies

The new heist thriller 'The Vault' sees a crack-team of burglars attempting to steal Francis Drake’s treasure from the Bank of Spain (using the World Cup as the perfect diversion!). A fab companion piece to the upcoming 'Uncharted' film!

Available in Theaters, on Digital and on Demand March 26Pre-order Now: https://vupulse.com/c/5816Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”) and Famke Janssen (X-Me...

#FlashbackFriday 1973. The main mast is fitted to The Golden Hinde at the Hinks’ shipyard in Appledore, Devon. Discover ...
26/03/2021

#FlashbackFriday 1973. The main mast is fitted to The Golden Hinde at the Hinks’ shipyard in Appledore, Devon. Discover more astonishing pictures and first-hand recollections by the wonderful Alison Boyle - Administrator and daughter of lead Shipwright Alan Hinks here: https://buff.ly/37F9Vou

25/03/2021
Pirates of Execution Dock: Lost Valley of London

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of our local places! The dreaded EXECUTION DOCK in Wapping, London is where #pirates were hanged for three-tides to overwhelm them... Including the infamous Captain Kidd in 1701! The terrifying practice was known as 'The Grace of Wapping' and if you survived; you were spared! The only problem being... Nobody did!

All aboard! In this episode, join me and my trusty band of adventurers as we set sail in search of Wapping's treasure. On the way we encounter pirates, ghost...

Dramatic shots from The Golden Hinde's epic restoration project! Now entering its exciting final phase before we reopen ...
24/03/2021

Dramatic shots from The Golden Hinde's epic restoration project! Now entering its exciting final phase before we reopen later this year. If you'd like to contribute to this historic refurbishment of a London icon, please donate here: https://tinyurl.com/GoldenHindeRestore

22/03/2021
Introduction to the Golden Hinde with Anthony Lewis

A fantastic chat with Adventures In Historyland and his comprehensive video series! In this episode; The Golden Hinde talks to him about treasure, naval combat and Francis Drake's piratical antics! Check it out...
https://youtu.be/TD6jJSEDAYw

Historyland series 2 episode 1.Anthony Lewis brings his infectious enthusiasm to the table, introducing us to the Golden Hinde past and present. We also try ...

Today's #FolkloreThursday theme is #sin! DAVY JONES is the sinful #pirate's DEVIL! "The fiend that presides over all the...
18/03/2021

Today's #FolkloreThursday theme is #sin! DAVY JONES is the sinful #pirate's DEVIL! "The fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep... Perching among the rigging on the eve of hurricanes, ship-wrecks and other disasters... Warning the devoted wretch of death and woe."
'Davy Jones' Locker' is an allusion to the sea-bed: the resting place for sinful sailors! Other legends say Davy is the cursed Duffer Jones; a clumsy captain who kept falling in the sea. Some say he was actually a pub landlord who press-ganged sailors... What do YOU think?!

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16/03/2021
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We are THE unique London Wedding venue! All the romanticism of new adventures and new horizons, with spectacular views of the Thames from the top-deck. A wedding photographer's dream! We're delighted to feature in the latest issue of Your London Wedding: see us here on pg 22!
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15/03/2021
The Lost Pirate Kingdom | Official Trailer | Netflix

It’s landed… ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ has arrived on Netflix! Join Anne Bonny, Blackbeard and a host of infamous #Pirates in this major documentary series… Featuring sumptuous location work filmed right here aboard the Golden Hinde! #HoistTheBlackFlag
https://youtu.be/BPvIa9NANlc

The real-life pirates of the Caribbean violently plunder the world's riches and form a surprisingly egalitarian republic in this documentary series.SUBSCRIBE...

12/03/2021
The Golden Hinde

It's #FlashbackFriday and we're going all the way back to 1577... Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe (when the Golden Hinde was christened)! Our video introduces the famous voyage: a journey of discovery, scandal, piracy, rumblings of war... And stolen treasure!

Discover the historic voyage of the first English ship to sail around the globe in our new video series!

In 1577 England was known as a 'nation of pirates'. In this context, #FrancisDrake circumnavigated the world, returning three years later aboard The Golden Hinde - a ship laden with treasure and suddenly steeped in scandal...
But his violent actions and theft of unimaginable treasures contributed to growing tensions between England and Spain which would ultimately result in the Spanish Armada and war!
How did Drake's acts of piracy earn him a knighthood? In our first Circumnavigation video we meet the main players, entering a world of Elizabethan intrigue, where pirates, sea-battles and skullduggery await!

See more Golden Hinde videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3iEOYcy32bKV1ornxJ-Twg

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of #women. Meet the most successful pirate who ever lived: Ching Shi...
11/03/2021

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of #women. Meet the most successful pirate who ever lived: Ching Shih (1775-1844). She was in command of 1,200 ships and 75,000 pirates and had victories against the English, Portuguese and Chinese navies! She was so respected in battle, she became advisor to Lin Zexu in the opium wars...
#Pirate #Pirates #Swashbuckler #DontMessWithChingShih

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of #women. Meet Pirate Queen Sayidda al Hurra. Forced to flee her ho...
11/03/2021

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of #women. Meet Pirate Queen Sayidda al Hurra. Forced to flee her home in Granada by the Reconquista, she became "the undisputed leader of #pirates of the western Mediterranean" and the last person in Islamic history to hold the title al Hurra.
#PirateQueen

It's us... On the cover of National Geographic! This special issue is all about #Pirates - and the cover story is by the...
09/03/2021

It's us... On the cover of National Geographic! This special issue is all about #Pirates - and the cover story is by the fantastic Dr. Jamie L. H. Goodall! We're watching the horizon for the launch date: April 23rd! National Geographic Magazine

This #InternationalWomensDay we’re celebrating the achievements of Mexican-American archaeologist, Zelia Nuttall, most f...
08/03/2021

This #InternationalWomensDay we’re celebrating the achievements of Mexican-American archaeologist, Zelia Nuttall, most famous for her incredibly important and highly influential work on pre-Aztec Mesoamerican societies and her championing of indigenous Mexican culture. But Nuttall also uncovered and compiled a number Inquisition records and other documents which provided invaluable insight into Francis Drake’s Circumnavigation and life onboard the Golden Hinde. They were published as ‘New Light On Drake’ in 1914.
So much of our work at the #GoldenHinde is indebted to her brilliant research. The sources in ‘New Light on Drake’ give us a glimpse into life onboard, the experiences of the crew and even Drake’s Spanish Prisoners.
#InternationalWomensDay2021 #IWD2021 #IWD #WomensHistoryMonth #WHM2021 #ZeliaNuttall

#OnThisDay in 1530, King Henry VIII's divorce of Catherine of Aragon was denied by Pope Clement VII... Henry's subsequen...
07/03/2021

#OnThisDay in 1530, King Henry VIII's divorce of Catherine of Aragon was denied by Pope Clement VII... Henry's subsequent break with the Catholic Church was an act that shook history: sparking religious reform, dissolving the monasteries, igniting wars - and eventual attempted invasion by the Spanish Armada itself! #CatherineOfAragon #HenryVIII #SpanishArmada

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is #SeasandRivers. Legends are whispered that Francis Drake could control the elemen...
04/03/2021

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is #SeasandRivers. Legends are whispered that Francis Drake could control the elements through witchcraft.... Especially storms and (of course) water! 'Drake’s Leat' is a watercourse that supplied Plymouth with H2O from 1591 by tapping the river Meavy. #FrancisDrake himself was on the construction committee. According to legend, he bewitched a spring on Dartmoor “with magical words, and, starting away at a gallop, the stream followed his horse’s heels into the town.”

#OnThisDay 1579, Francis Drake carried out its most infamous raid: the Spanish treasure ship Nuestra Senora de la Concep...
01/03/2021

#OnThisDay 1579, Francis Drake carried out its most infamous raid: the Spanish treasure ship Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, near Esmeraldas, Ecuador. It was Drake's richest plunder: around £480,000,000 in today's money - taking six days to transfer onto The Golden Hinde! Drake then had dinner with the captured ship's officers: gave them gifts appropriate to their rank and a letter of safe conduct... And let them go!

#OnThisDay 1564 we celebrate the birthday of one of Elizabethan England's most legendary figures: proto-007 internationa...
26/02/2021

#OnThisDay 1564 we celebrate the birthday of one of Elizabethan England's most legendary figures: proto-007 international spy, countercultural atheist and literary rival/drinking-buddy of William #Shakespeare.... Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe! Although his interactions with Francis Drake are not recorded, his life runs in poetic parallel... Marlowe was a spy for #QueenElizabethI while tensions with Spain were running high (in no small part due to Drake's ransacking of Spanish ships).... He also mentions Drake in his plays, whilst his anarchic antics put him in a love/hate relationship with the Queen's privy council, particularly Christopher Hatton, one of Drake's chief sponsors... Finally, Marlowe was allegedly killed (perhaps assassinated) in a bar-fight in Deptford, where the original Golden Hinde was dry-docked as a national treasure...

Today's #FolkloreThursday theme is childhood, games & fun! Who remembers playing #Pirates as a kid? J. M. Barrie based t...
25/02/2021

Today's #FolkloreThursday theme is childhood, games & fun! Who remembers playing #Pirates as a kid? J. M. Barrie based the villains of #PeterPan on this phenomenon. In early drafts, Captain Hook was simply an occasional narrator during scene-changes: but evolved into the primary villain of the play!
Believe it or not, Peter Pan himself was originally going to fulfill the antagonist role; as a much more morally ambiguous anti-hero.... But the pirate character proved irresistible!

The Golden Hinde reconstruction was built at the legendary J. Hinks & Son shipyard in Appledore, Devon. Alison Boyle - A...
22/02/2021
The Golden Hinde - The Hinks Shipyard - By Alison Boyle

The Golden Hinde reconstruction was built at the legendary J. Hinks & Son shipyard in Appledore, Devon. Alison Boyle - Administrator and daughter of lead Shipwright Alan Hinks - has shared with us her astonishing memories and incredible photographs. Join us as we look back at one of the last great workshops of the industry...

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Build your own Golden Hinde, write your own #SeaShanty or hunt for hidden treasure! Just a few of the fun #HalfTermActiv...
18/02/2021

Build your own Golden Hinde, write your own #SeaShanty or hunt for hidden treasure! Just a few of the fun #HalfTermActivities for your little adventurers at home! Download our special Play Pack for #EYFS, #KS1 and #KS2 here:
https://buff.ly/2ONjT0x

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is folklore of the skies and heavens, to tie in with NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover ...
18/02/2021

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is folklore of the skies and heavens, to tie in with NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover landing on Mars! A CROSS-STAFF was a navigation instrument used on the original Golden Hinde to determine a vessel's latitude. It was introduced to Tudor England by none other than astrologer, sorcerer and alchemist John Dee. Infamous court astronomer to Elizabeth I: his work spanned science and the occult. Much effort in his last 30 years went into trying to commune with angels...

18/02/2021
The Lost Pirate Kingdom | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Lost Pirate Kingdom! Anne Bonny, Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach and a host of infamous #Pirates feature in this major documentary series from Netflix! Debuting March 15, this series includes scenes shot right here aboard the Golden Hinde: can you spot us?!
https://buff.ly/3duL1f3

The real-life pirates of the Caribbean violently plunder the world's riches and form a surprisingly egalitarian republic in this documentary series.SUBSCRIBE...

Ahoy there! Looking for fun and engaging activities this #HalfTerm? Look no further than our Golden Hinde Play Pack! It’...
16/02/2021

Ahoy there! Looking for fun and engaging activities this #HalfTerm? Look no further than our Golden Hinde Play Pack! It’s got a barrel load of ideas to inspire your young sailors to play, create and make. You can find it here:
https://buff.ly/2ONjT0x
#HalfTermActivities #HalfTermFun #ArtsAndCrafts #Goldenhinde #Goldenhinde

It's #PancakeDay - Tudor galleon style! That's traditional sailor's HARD TACK: flour and water, baked four times ("dense...
16/02/2021

It's #PancakeDay - Tudor galleon style! That's traditional sailor's HARD TACK: flour and water, baked four times ("dense enough to stop a musket-ball"), left in storage for years then dunked in beer to soften it up (indeed sailors could make an actual pancake of sorts by frying the resultant mush). Often full of weevils and larvae.... Sounds DELICIOUS! Look at our crewmate Pete - see how much he's enjoying it!
Also known as dog-biscuits, molar-breakers, sheet-iron, tooth-dullers, armor-plates and worm-castles. Biscuits made for the #SpanishArmada campaign were rumoured to be issued as rations over 50 years later during the #EnglishCivilWar! Tastes as good as it sounds... #ShroveTuesday #GoodEating #GoldenHinde #Goldenhind #PlentyMoreWhereThatCameFrom

It's 50 years since 'D-Day'... #OnThisDay in 1971, shillings, crowns & thruppenny bits were discontinued in favour of th...
15/02/2021

It's 50 years since 'D-Day'... #OnThisDay in 1971, shillings, crowns & thruppenny bits were discontinued in favour of the decimal system. With them went the famous ha'penny displaying... The Golden Hinde! Luckily, there are still many depictions: like US! https://buff.ly/37dIKR9

We're very honoured to be included in MSN's guide to The World's Most Beautiful Historic Ships. Congratulations to all t...
12/02/2021

We're very honoured to be included in MSN's guide to The World's Most Beautiful Historic Ships. Congratulations to all the other magnificent vessels featured here! https://buff.ly/3qeye3T
#loveEXPLORING #MSN #HistoricShips #HistoricNationalShips #SailingShips #GoldenHinde

“I was very impressed and would definitely recommend it to other teachers!”- Cameron Porteous, Year 3 teacher, Dollis Pr...
10/02/2021

“I was very impressed and would definitely recommend it to other teachers!”
- Cameron Porteous, Year 3 teacher, Dollis Primary School

Set sail on our 'Virtual Voyage'! With multimedia and live activities: our interactive workshops for #KS1 & #KS2 bring The Golden Hinde to life at home!
https://buff.ly/2UvzDmf

#OnThisDay in 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded for plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth! Mary's execution was t...
08/02/2021

#OnThisDay in 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded for plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth! Mary's execution was the final catalyst for Philip II's planned invasion of England... The Spanish Armada!
#historyinthemaking #maryqueenofscots #spanisharmada #history #philipII

05/02/2021
The Golden Hinde

Are your little #pirates feeling lost at sea? Those ne’er do wells at The #GoldenHinde have boatloads of ‘Arrrts and Craaffts’ videos to inspire them!
In this episode, kids can put together their own #pirate crew! With a cardboard-tube, some colours and a little imagination; they’ll create a proper scurvy knave in no time.... AarrRrrRRrr!
See more Golden Hinde #ArtsAndCrafts videos here: https://buff.ly/2Wpe5e9
#Crafts #ArtsAndCrafts #MuseumFromHome #PirateCrew

Put together your own pirate crew! With a cardboard-tube, some colours and a little imagination, you'll create a proper scurvy-knave in no time.... Arrrr!
Check out more Golden Hinde craft ideas here... https://buff.ly/2VPRTJk

From the top of the Golden Hinde's foremast to the floor of St Mary Overie Dock (now a working Shipyard for our Restorat...
02/02/2021

From the top of the Golden Hinde's foremast to the floor of St Mary Overie Dock (now a working Shipyard for our Restoration). That's quite a view! #ICanSeeMyHouseFromUpHere #ShipshapeNetwork

“Such a memorable and exciting day for our kids... this has definitely been a highlight of their year!”- Debika Whitting...
01/02/2021

“Such a memorable and exciting day for our kids... this has definitely been a highlight of their year!”
- Debika Whittington, Year 3 & 4 Phase Leader, Dollis Primary School

Set sail on our 'Virtual Voyage'! With multimedia and live activities: our interactive workshops for #KS1 & #KS2 bring The Golden Hinde to life at home!
https://buff.ly/2UvzDmf

#OnThisDay 1596, #FrancisDrake died of dysentery at age 50. From an eerily prophetic childhood living in the hulk of a s...
28/01/2021

#OnThisDay 1596, #FrancisDrake died of dysentery at age 50. From an eerily prophetic childhood living in the hulk of a ship by the River Medway, to his circumnavigation of the world aboard the #GoldenHinde, to his battle against the Spanish Armada, to his final burial in a lead-lined coffin off the coast of Panama (still lost to this day): he remains a complex, controversial figure. Discover more here...
https://buff.ly/39okltK

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New on the Tempus Fugitives webstore, a complete translation of Giovanni Lovino’s 1575 manuscript containing 65 full plays utilising a variety of weapons, including swords of both one and two handed varieties, off-hand accessories such as the dagger, cape, buckler, rotella and targa plus additional plays with polearms, fighting multiple opponents and combating a mounted opponent. In stock now.
The Two-Handed Greatsword (Spada a Due Mani) - Anonimo Bolognese (ca. 1500 - 1550) - 12th action The fourth in a series on the use of the Two-Handed Greatsword (Spada a due Mani), this is from the Manuscripts attributed to the ‘Anonimo Bolognese’ (ca. 1500 - 1550). Performed with a synthetic blade due to public access, this is the 11th action. -———————————————————————————- As many of you are probably aware, my moniker of ‘Wandering Swordsman’ used in these videos is based on the old European concept of a non guild affiliated instructor in swordsmanship being little better than a vagabond. This is particularly apt due to my lifestyle choice of living on a boat and travelling around the south of England, putting up posters and offering classes wherever I happen to stop. -———————————————————————————- Initiating action a.) Begin the action in cinghiara porta di ferro alta, with your false edge in contact with that of your opponent. b.) Cross your arms to bring your blade to the opposite side of your opponents weapon, catching the weak between your blade and crossguard. c.) Let go of your sword with your left hand, following the line of your blade to grasp your weapon at halfsword, allowing the blade to slope down and to the left. d.) Passing forwards and to the right, beat your opponents blade down and to the left with your crossguard. e.) Thrust your hilt forwards forcefully to strike your opponent in the face with the pommel. f.) End your opponent in the manner that seems appropriate, in this case we use a mandritto fendente (a downward angled cut, from right to left). Counter action a.) Await your opponents action in guardia porta di ferro alta (a guard position). b.) Do not react as your opponent crosses their arms. If you are keeping correct distance, then they cannot reach you without passing forwards with their right foot. c.) When your opponent throws your weapon aside and advances their right foot, before their foot has landed, throw yourself forwards ‘into’ your opponent, placing your left hand behind their elbow and pushing their right arm across their body. d.) As your left foot lands, the manuscript suggests either striking your opponent in the face with the pommel or cutting them with a fendente (a downward angled cut). The latter would only make sense if the opponent is stepping away. e.) End your opponent in a suitable manner. To demonstrate the second option from the manuscript (and because it is appropriate here) we are using a riverso fendente and compassing the right foot behind the left. The great plague of 2020 has finally waned enough for me to get out and about a bit more; now to do something about this newly developed spare tire 😅🥺🍺 If you want to support the channel, feel free to get me a coffee over at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/JayMaxwell and don’t forget to like and subscribe ☕️ More about us at: www.tempus-fugitives.co.uk #diaryofawanderingswordsman #tempusfugitives #coffee
The Two-Handed Greatsword (Spada a Due Mani) - Anonimo Bolognese (ca. 1500 - 1550) - 11th action The third in a new series on the use of the Two-Handed Greatsword (Spada a due Mani), this is from the Manuscripts attributed to the ‘Anonimo Bolognese’ (ca. 1500 - 1550). Performed with a synthetic blade due to public access, this is the 11th action. -———————————————————————————- As many of you are probably aware, my moniker of ‘Wandering Swordsman’ used in these videos is based on the old European concept of a non guild affiliated instructor in swordsmanship being little better than a vagabond. This is particularly apt due to my lifestyle choice of living on a boat and travelling around the south of England, putting up posters and offering classes wherever I happen to stop. -———————————————————————————- Initiating action a.) Begin the action in cinghiara porta di ferro alta, with your false edge in contact with that of your opponent. b.) Cross your arms to bring your blade to the opposite side of your opponents weapon, catching the weak between your blade and crossguard. c.) Throw the opponents weapon across your body with a sweeping action, passing obliquely to the right when their tip has moved safely out of presence. d.) Continue the sweeping motion into a circular cut, drawing your left foot behind your right as you cut a mandritto fendente to your opponents head. Counter action a.) Await your opponents action in the same guard position. b.) Do not react to your opponent as they cross their arms. Watch their feet peripherally - if you are keeping correct distance, then they should not be close enough to land a blow without advancing a foot. c.) Your opportunity presents itself when your opponent passes forwards, throwing your weapon aside and uncrossing to cut at you. d.) As your opponent releases your blade, cut a mezzo mandritto to their flank. e.) Immediately lift into guardia di intrare, catching the opponents cut on your cross while threatening the face. The great plague of 2020 has finally waned enough for me to get out and about a bit more; now to do something about this newly developed spare tire 😅🥺🍺 If you want to support the channel, feel free to get me a coffee over at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/JayMaxwell and don’t forget to like and subscribe ☕️ #diaryofawanderingswordsman #tempusfugitives #coffee
The Two Handed Greatsword - Anonimo Bolognese (ca. 1500 - 1550) - 10th action The second in a series on the use of the Two-Handed Greatsword (Spada a due Mani), this is from the Manuscripts attributed to the ‘Anonimo Bolognese’ (ca. 1500 - 1550). Performed with a synthetic blade due to public access, this is the 10th action. -———————————————————————————- As many of you are probably aware, my moniker of ‘Wandering Swordsman’ used in these videos is based on the old European concept of a non guild affiliated instructor in swordsmanship being little better than a vagabond. This is particularly apt due to my lifestyle choice of living on a boat and travelling around the south of England, putting up posters and offering classes wherever I happen to stop. -———————————————————————————- 10th action a.) Start in porta di ferro alta, with your false edge against that of your opponent. b.) If your opponent thrusts along your blade, catch it on your Crossguard by lifting into guardia di testa. c.) Use your weapon to forcefully displace your opponents blade down and to the right. d.) Passing to the left, continue with a wheeling cut into a riverso fendente to the head and draw your right foot behind your left. Counter action a.) Starting in porta di ferro alta, pass forwards thrusting along your opponents blade, keeping your false edge in contact with theirs. b.) When your opponent catches and displaces your blade, use the force of that displacement to turn a mandritto to their head. For more on this subject, or if you would like to purchase your own training weapons to practice the content of these videos, please visit our website: www.tempus-fugitives.co.uk I’m starting to look a bit scruffy again, I guess I’ll have to briefly head back towards civilisation soon 😕 If you want to support the channel, and a haircut, feel free to get me a coffee over at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/JayMaxwell ☕️ #diaryofawanderingswordsman #tempusfugitives #coffee
The Military Billhook (Welsh or Forest Bill) - George Silver (1599) - paradoxes, ch. 13 pt. 6&8 George Silver was a controversial character, even in his time, for his vehement opposition to the popular Italian systems being taught in London during the 16th century. Claiming to be revealing the older English methods of combat, his ‘Paradoxes of Defense for the True Handling of all Manner of Weapons’ does give an excellent description of the principles upon which this systems is grounded. The bill was the primary infantry weapon of Tudor armies, and described by George Silver as having “advantage against all manner of weapons whatsoever”. Ironically, Di Grassi, the author of an earlier book on Italian methodology popular in London - including the use of the bill - agreed with this notion in stating that the bill was the final and most superior form of polearm. -———————————————————————————- As many of you are probably aware, my moniker of ‘Wandering Swordsman’ used in these videos is based on the old European concept of a non guild affiliated instructor in swordsmanship being little better than a vagabond. This is particularly apt due to my lifestyle choice of living on a boat and travelling around the south of England, putting up posters and offering classes wherever I happen to stop. -———————————————————————————- Technique 1 a.) If the head of your opponents weapon lies lower than yours, place your fork over their haft, forcing it down. b.) Pass forwards, sliding the fork up the haft to your opponents hands. c.) Fall back into guard. Technique 2 a.) If the head of your opponents weapon lies higher than yours, place your fork under their haft and force their weapon aside. b.) Pass forwards, thrusting at your opponent one handed. c.) If your thrust misses, pull your opponent off balance as you lacerate them with the hook, stepping back into guard. For more on this subject, or if you would like to purchase your own training weapons to practice the content of these videos, please visit our website: www.tempus-fugitives.co.uk I finally managed to buzz those nasty, messy head-weeds off my scalp! Phew... The great plague of 2020 has certainly allowed me to cultivate my 16th c. beard, although I seem to be getting fatter every episode too 😅🥺🍺 If you want to support the channel, feel free to get me a coffee over at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/JayMaxwell and don’t forget to like and subscribe ☕️ #diaryofawanderingswordsman #tempusfugitives #coffee