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Sail through history aboard Captain Sir Francis Drake's full-size replica galleon. Welcoming visitors and schools to learn about her fascinating history.

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16/10/2020
Giles Abbot Sea of Stories event

Acclaimed Master Storyteller Giles Abbott - Storytelling & Downloads guides us across a spooky sea of stories in our Livestreamed event! Join us, October 29th as we present live online storytelling: meet vengeful mermaids, sea monsters, ghosts & more! Includes our #Halloween costume contest and a special session for families (plus a REALLY scary one for grown ups only!)...
https://buff.ly/2ICvN4e

In this powerful #BBC series, Samuel L. Jackson, Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici examine the beginnings, scale and imp...
14/10/2020
BBC Two - Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson, Series 1, A Precious Cargo

In this powerful #BBC series, Samuel L. Jackson, Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici examine the beginnings, scale and impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Featuring extraordinary underwater footage of dives to wrecked slave-ships and reenactments filmed aboard The Golden Hinde.

How the trans-Atlantic slave trade became the world's greatest wealth-generating machine.

Thanks to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport , National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and th...
13/10/2020

Thanks to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport , National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, we can continue to be #HereForCulture. We're looking to the future for new adventures in education, entertainment and fun!

Master storyteller Giles Abbott - Storytelling & Downloads looks every inch the handsome horror-host as we prepare for h...
13/10/2020

Master storyteller Giles Abbott - Storytelling & Downloads looks every inch the handsome horror-host as we prepare for his Livestreamed event on October the 29th! Get ready for 'Ghost Ship' - a live online storytelling session of vengeful mermaids, gargantuan sea monsters, nautical ghosts & much more! There will be a special session for families - and a REALLY scary one for grown ups only!...
https://buff.ly/2ICvN4e

We are very excited to be #HereForCulture! Thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, the Golden Hinde adventures ...
09/10/2020

We are very excited to be #HereForCulture! Thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, the Golden Hinde adventures will continue; with more excitement than ever! With enormous thanks to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport , National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is bold #girls, courageous #women & powerful goddesses! Meet Anne Bonny & Mary Read:...
08/10/2020

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is bold #girls, courageous #women & powerful goddesses! Meet Anne Bonny & Mary Read: legendary PIRATES who showed the men how it was done in the golden age of sail: “If there’s a man among ye: ye’ll come up and fight like the man ye are to be!”

Alan from #GoldenHinde education takes a hands-on approach to learning: here creating a linstock from ash wood at the Go...
07/10/2020

Alan from #GoldenHinde education takes a hands-on approach to learning: here creating a linstock from ash wood at the Golden Hinde's on-site Shipyard!

Let acclaimed master tale-teller Giles Abbott guide you across a spooky sea of stories in our Livestreamed event! On Oct...
05/10/2020

Let acclaimed master tale-teller Giles Abbott guide you across a spooky sea of stories in our Livestreamed event! On October the 29th, we present a live online storytelling session of vengeful mermaids, sea monsters, ghosts & more! Includes specially produced video inserts filmed at the Golden Hinde, our #Halloween costume contest and a special session for families (and a REALLY scary one for grown ups only!)...
https://buff.ly/2ICvN4e

Experience Francis Drake's voyages, Elizabethan intrigue & the wild days of piracy from an immediate first-person perspe...
05/10/2020

Experience Francis Drake's voyages, Elizabethan intrigue & the wild days of piracy from an immediate first-person perspective in the new novel by Tony Riches Author! Daring escapes, white-knuckle naval battles & infamous historical characters (and THE GOLDEN HINDE itself!) come to life! https://buff.ly/3cWNKeQ

03/10/2020
The Dreaded PELICAN!

Beware the dreaded BARBER SURGEON and his assortment of terrifying tools! In this episode of our 'Gadget Gallery' video series, we discover the fearsome PELICAN... It may sound innocent, but this instrument was responsible for some of the most terrifying DENTISTRY in history! Watch - if you dare!
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A great weekend of Shipyard Tours as part of the #TotallyThames festival! @ThamesFestTrust
27/09/2020

A great weekend of Shipyard Tours as part of the #TotallyThames festival! @ThamesFestTrust

#OnThisDay in 1580, The #GoldenHinde completed its historic circumnavigation! Returning to Plymouth, the crew encountere...
26/09/2020

#OnThisDay in 1580, The #GoldenHinde completed its historic circumnavigation! Returning to Plymouth, the crew encountered a fisherman who confirmed that Elizabeth I still reigned...
Unable to disembark due to an outbreak of plague, they sailed to Falmouth and eventually to London for an audience with the queen. There are many opinions over exactly how much treasure #FrancisDrake took during the voyage, but the Spanish estimated their losses at around £600,000...
For more information on the first Englishmen to circumnavigate the globe, check out the resources on our website... https://buff.ly/2EfTorL

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is folklore of pirates and the deep seas for #WorldMaritimeDay! May we present the g...
24/09/2020

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is folklore of pirates and the deep seas for #WorldMaritimeDay! May we present the greatest pirate of all time: Ching Shih! Commanding over 300 ships, she challenged the British Empire, the Portuguese Empire & the Qing dynasty in the early 19th century.
Ching Shih was so respected in battle: in later life she actually became advisor to viceroy Lin Zexu in the First Opium War, battling the British Army from 1839–42...
Despite a life of serious action, she died in bed surrounded by her family in Macau, 1844, aged 69.

An unexpected guest has popped in to check on the #GoldenHinde restoration work...
23/09/2020

An unexpected guest has popped in to check on the #GoldenHinde restoration work...

As we're reopening in 2021, we look forward to hosting #weddings in the new year! What better place to celebrate new hor...
16/09/2020

As we're reopening in 2021, we look forward to hosting #weddings in the new year! What better place to celebrate new horizons, adventure & life's ultimate voyage than a romantic Tudor sailing ship?! We're delighted to feature in this month's County Wedding Magazines and Your London Wedding magazine (Pages 27 and 30): https://buff.ly/33Apg6G

We're very proud to receive a Tripadvisor 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award! Thank you #TripAdvisor and all our wonderful vi...
15/09/2020

We're very proud to receive a Tripadvisor 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award! Thank you #TripAdvisor and all our wonderful visitors! Now we're closed for lockdown; we're working hard to create an even more exciting and fun experience for all our bold adventurers, when we re-open in 2021. New voyages await! #TripAdvisorTravellersChoice

The Golden Hinde reconstruction was built at the legendary J. Hinks & Son shipyard in Appledore, Devon. In this latest p...
11/09/2020

The Golden Hinde reconstruction was built at the legendary J. Hinks & Son shipyard in Appledore, Devon. In this latest podcast episode: our very special guest is Alison Boyle - Administrator and daughter of lead Shipwright Alan Hinks. Discover first-hand the stories of traditional sail shipbuilding, in one of the last great workshops of the industry...
Available on your favourite apps; including Apple Podcasts, IHeartRadio, Podbean, Google, Spotify and (very aptly)... Anchor FM!
https://anchor.fm/golden-hinde/episodes/Traditional-Shipbuilding-The-Hinks-Shipyard---with-Alison-Boyle-ejdkpb/a-a363bad

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is folklore of strangers and strange lands! 'Terra Australis' was a 'hypothetical co...
10/09/2020

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is folklore of strangers and strange lands! 'Terra Australis' was a 'hypothetical continent' based on the idea that continental land in the Northern Hemisphere should be balanced by land in the Southern Hemisphere. During #FrancisDrake's Circumnavigation; his ship The Pelican (later renamed The Golden Hinde) was blown 300-miles off course in 1578 to discover Terra Australis was not there. Instead, a passage of ocean below the American continent: 'The Drake Passage'. Commonly known as 'Mar de Hoces', as Spanish navigator Francisco de Hoces first discovered this passage in 1525.

Happy Birthday to one of history's most remarkable monarchs: Gloriana herself.... Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). It was ...
07/09/2020

Happy Birthday to one of history's most remarkable monarchs: Gloriana herself.... Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). It was she who ultimately commissioned Francis Drake on many of his secret (and not so secret) missions - referring to him as her 'Little Pirate'!
#OnThisDay #QueenElizabeth #QueenElizabethI #ElizabethI #Elizabeth1 #FrancisDrake #GoldenHinde #GoldenHind #Pirate

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of #writing, #patterns, and #symbols for #InternationalLiteracyDay. ...
03/09/2020

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of #writing, #patterns, and #symbols for #InternationalLiteracyDay. According to legend; #PIRATE mutineers invented the “round robin”... A method of signing a mutiny pact to hide who the leaders were; by arranging the signatures in a circle. If the contract was seized, it was impossible to know who the ringleader was!

Meet the #GoldenHindeCrew. Francis Drake, Captain-General. During the 16th Century, the idea of what it meant to be a sh...
01/09/2020

Meet the #GoldenHindeCrew. Francis Drake, Captain-General. During the 16th Century, the idea of what it meant to be a ship’s captain changed, both in terms of the responsibilities involved and its position in the pecking order.
Much to the annoyance of a number of the other high-ranking gentleman officers aboard the small fleet that sailed with the Golden Hinde, Francis Drake dubbed himself ‘Captain-General’, claimed authority over all others and positioned himself as chief decision-maker when it came to the ship’s navigation. This led to a conflict between Drake and Thomas Doughty, who was angry that Drake didn’t defer to his ‘socially superior’ officers. Drake eventually executed Doughty on charges of mutiny.
Drake’s execution of Doughty was an important moment in English maritime history as it played a key part in developing the idea that the captain was the sole person in charge of the ship and the voyage.
If you want to know more about Francis Drake, check out our website to find information about his circumnavigation, his career as a pirate, his role in the development of the English slave trade and his contributions to the 1588 battle between the English fleet and the Spanish Armada.
https://buff.ly/311nt9l
#GoldenHinde #GoldenHind #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #HistoryIllustration #HistoricIllustration #FrancisDrake #HomeSchooling #TudorArt #GoldenAgeofPiracy

Happy #NationalDogDay from Bell: The #GoldenHinde's adorable Labrador. Now that's a face that could launch a thousand sh...
26/08/2020

Happy #NationalDogDay from Bell: The #GoldenHinde's adorable Labrador. Now that's a face that could launch a thousand ships! #NationalDogDay2020

#WaybackWednesday: Sailor, aeroplane pilot, deep-sea diver and adventurer... Crewman Dennis Ord looks every inch the gre...
26/08/2020

#WaybackWednesday: Sailor, aeroplane pilot, deep-sea diver and adventurer... Crewman Dennis Ord looks every inch the great mariner as he helps bring The #GoldenHinde into the Tyne in 1985.

Meet the #GoldenHindeCrew. If you were exploring places unknown to Europeans in the 16th Century, and wanted to  show of...
25/08/2020

Meet the #GoldenHindeCrew. If you were exploring places unknown to Europeans in the 16th Century, and wanted to show off when you returned home, you needed a way of documenting your discoveries.
Long before the invention of the camera, artists and mapmakers would join a ship’s crew and paint or sketch the coastlines, routes, animals, plants and peoples they came across on the voyage. When the ship returned to Europe, these maps and artworks might be gifted to patrons of the voyage, sold to other mariners or published for an excited general public.
On the Golden Hinde, a large part of this work was done by Francis Drake and his relative, John Drake. John was a particularly excellent PAINTER and the two of them would regularly lock themselves away for hours on end, keeping a highly detailed record of birds, trees, sea-lions and their natural environments. In fact, some of the Spanish who saw John Drake’s artwork were nervous that the paintings were so good, future English sailors who had a copy couldn’t possibly get lost and would have an upper hand. Sadly, none of the Drakes’ artwork survives.
#GoldenHinde #GoldenHind #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #HistoryIllustration #HistoricIllustration #FrancisDrake #HomeSchooling #TudorArt #GoldenAgeofPiracy

Collisions with heavy tankers, force-ten storms and ultimately: an on-board romance for the ages! Our latest podcast epi...
24/08/2020
Romance and Adventure at Sea! - with Crewmembers Lisa and Jim Nelson by The Golden Hinde Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

Collisions with heavy tankers, force-ten storms and ultimately: an on-board romance for the ages! Our latest podcast episode features the remarkable married couple, Lisa and "Fo'c'sle" Jim Nelson, who met as deckhands aboard The Golden Hinde... Discover the astonishing stories of their remarkable ocean voyage: with thrilling action, hilarious situations, danger, excitement.... And a real-life love story! Available on the podcast app of your choice, such as Anchor FM, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and IHeartRadio: https://buff.ly/2FT22AI

Jim and Lisa Nelson met as crew aboard Golden Hinde in Los Angeles in 1988 and were with the Hinde for her last transit of the Panama Canal. Lisa was originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and became a sailor in the San Francisco Bay area, where she joined the ship. Jim was born and raised in Maine and moved to L.A. to attend film school at UCLA. After leaving the Golden Hinde and working on various other traditional sailing ships they were married in 1993, and the following year Jim began a new career as a writer. They returned to Maine and have lived there for twenty-three years where they raised their four children. Jim (who publishes under his proper name James L. Nelson) is the author of more than twenty-five works of maritime fiction and nonfiction.

Collisions with heavy tankers, Force Ten storms on the Gulf of Tehuantepec and ultimately: an on-board romance that has flourished to this day! Our latest podcast episode features the remarkable wife and husband team; Lisa and "Fo'c'sle" Jim Nelson, who met as crew aboard The Golden Hinde... Discove...

As a working reconstruction with a rich maritime history of its own, we’ve loved reading the fascinating research led by...
21/08/2020

As a working reconstruction with a rich maritime history of its own, we’ve loved reading the fascinating research led by Dr Sally Foster and Professor Sian Jones from University of Stirling ‘New Futures for Replicas: Principles and Guidance for Museums and Heritage’. It’s really helped us reflect on our practice and think about our role in maritime heritage. Check it out here along with reading lists and a blog: https://t.co/XhQBjoOHQH

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of wells and rivers. The Thames  is home to around 767 SHIPWRECKS: r...
20/08/2020

This week's #FolkloreThursday theme is the folklore of wells and rivers. The Thames is home to around 767 SHIPWRECKS: recorded from Anglo-Saxon times onward. This figure also includes downed aircraft from WWII... Of course a huge amount of GHOST stories and other myths have risen from this rich and haunting history!

#WayBackWednesday The Golden Hinde's guns are fired during production of the 'Drake's Venture' telemovie in 1980. We've ...
19/08/2020

#WayBackWednesday The Golden Hinde's guns are fired during production of the 'Drake's Venture' telemovie in 1980. We've also featured in music videos, feature films, documentaries.... Even The Muppets!

Throughout the 16th Century, groups of escaped slaves formed large and powerful communities in Central and South America...
18/08/2020

Throughout the 16th Century, groups of escaped slaves formed large and powerful communities in Central and South America which were able to pose a serious challenge to Spanish colonial rule. At their peak, these ‘Cimarrons’ numbered in the thousands, outmatched the Spanish in military might and formed mutually beneficial alliances with English and French pirates... And Francis Drake! Discover the astonishing facts in our article: https://buff.ly/2ASb9iy

15/08/2020
Gadget Gallery% The Chip Log

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

Meet the #GoldenHindeCrew. Lower in rank than the boatswain, the duty of THE QUARTERMASTER is to oversee operations belo...
13/08/2020

Meet the #GoldenHindeCrew. Lower in rank than the boatswain, the duty of THE QUARTERMASTER is to oversee operations below decks. Firstly, he manages the purser and the steward as they deliver food to the cook and serve beer to the crew, making sure that nothing goes to waste. Secondly, he keeps watch over the person steering the ship to make sure they are paying attention, sometimes taking the helm himself if his expertise is needed. Thirdly, he ensures good behaviour and cleanliness in the crew quarters –easier said than done on a small ship crowded with sailors and animals! Because the quartermaster has so many roles, Elizabethan ships often needed more than one. Multiple quartermasters could take turns performing different duties, and relieve each other at the end of a watch.
By the time of the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th and 18th Centuries, the rank of the quartermaster had increased significantly aboard #pirate ships, and was second only to the Captain...
#GoldenHinde #GoldenHind #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #HistoryIllustration #HistoricIllustration #FrancisDrake #HomeSchooling #TudorArt #GoldenAgeofPiracy

It's PIRATE RADIO! Check out the Golden Hinde Podcast for interviews with authors, academics, shipwrights - and the crew...
10/08/2020
The Golden Hinde Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

It's PIRATE RADIO! Check out the Golden Hinde Podcast for interviews with authors, academics, shipwrights - and the crew of the famous vessel itself! Available on the podcast app of your choice; including Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, IHeartRadio and more!

Pirates, sea-battles and treasure hunts! Sail through history aboard our famous Tudor galleon... This is the official podcast of The Golden Hinde: the full-scale reconstruction of the first English ship to sail around the world. Now moored in the heart of London as a famous floating museum!

#FlashbackFriday We hope you're enjoying the #Heatwave in the UK! Traveling across the world in all climates; The Golden...
07/08/2020

#FlashbackFriday We hope you're enjoying the #Heatwave in the UK! Traveling across the world in all climates; The Golden Hinde is no stranger to the sun... Like in this 1987 shot off the coast of Washington State, by the great photographer Joel Rogers.

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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
The Military Billhook (Welsh or Forest Bill) - George Silver (1599) - paradoxes, ch. 13 pt. 1&2 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.) Catch your opponents weapon in the fork of yours and displace it down and to the side. b.) Run the fork up the haft of their weapon, and onto their hands as you start forward. c.) Continue to pass forward to catch your opponents neck or limbs with the hook of the bill. d.) Lacerate and unbalance your opponent by yanking sharply on the bill as you pass back. e.) Although not strictly speaking in the text, it seems impolite to just leave your opponent lying there, so finish them off. f.) Return back into guard. Technique 2 a.) Catch your opponents weapon in the fork of yours and displace it down and to the side, this time so forcefully that you cannot attack his hands. b.) Pass forwards into the opening you have created, placing your left hand near the head of your bill as you hook your opponents knee. c.) Pass forwards again, tearing your opponents knee out with the hook of your bill as you close in to grapple. 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