Preview: Dangerous Arts

With the release of ‘Dangerous Arts’ the newest publication from the Royal Armouries, we are providing you with the chance to preview a sample of the book. From the earliest times, the finest craftsmen in the world created beautiful objects for their wealthiest patrons. Worn by kings and coveted by emperors, these items not only revealed the owners’ power but also their standing as great connoisseurs of the arts. Dangerous Arts reveals a world that combines art with conflict, deathRead more

The Royal Armouries MS I.33 Fechtbuch

One of the oldest and most enigmatic treasures in the Royal Armouries archives is a manuscript. Dated to the latter half of the 13th century, the Royal Armouries I.33 manuscript documents historical martial arts techniques through a number of illustrated pages. We don’t know who it was written by or for, or even why it was written, but it is the oldest known European fencing manual anywhere in existence. Contents The manuscript is made up of thirty-two leaves of parchment. The text isRead more