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Tempus Fugitives – Italy!

It is with great pride that we are announcing the twinning of Tempus Fugitives with the Accademia di Scherma Lecce. The Cazzato family represents a proud fencing dynasty, and we are delighted to be working with their academy in Puglia, not only to run events and training camps in the UK & Italy, but also … Read more …

Wallace Collection Closes Library

The Senior Management of the Wallace Collection, one of Europe’s finest collections of arms & armour, have unfortunately decided to close the Library and Archive to the public and make both staff members redundant. An important thing to bear in mind when considering this valuable resource, is one of funding. Museums are expected to be … Read more …

The Swordsman’s Journey – an interview with Maestro Paolo Cazzato

Join us for an eye opening ramble through a world of duelling, hi-jinks and challenging morality with Italy’s oldest practicing fencing master. An interview with Maestro Paolo Cazzato is a fascinating insight into the world of fencing in the early 20th century. If you watched our ten part YouTube mini-series on Achille Marozzo’s Spada a … Read more …

Stefano Conese takes Silver at ISO 2020

On the weekend of the 10th – 11th of October, Tempus Fugitives took part at the Italian Sidesword Open (ISO) in Desenzano. The ISO is part of the European Sidesword League (ESL), attracting participants from all around the world, although travel restrictions made this more of a national event this year. We are proud to … Read more …

Italian Sidesword Open 2020

I’m sure we are all feeling the effects of being walled up in our houses for months at a time. So when I was offered a narrow window of escape (to the town of Desenzano on lake Garda no less!!), I jumped at it. This was of course no holiday, but serious business. ProDesenzano and … Read more …

The Duel in 16th century Italy

Far from being a simple matter of heated tempers, duelling was a serious matter of social capital and it’s foundation in the common view of the natural order of the world. In this excellent article on duelling culture in the 16th century, we find a wealth of detail on the underlying social causes for such … Read more …

Lockdown viewing: Romeo & Juliet at The Globe Theatre

Watch Romeo & Juliet being performed at The Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays in the London Borough of Southwark, tomorrow for free! (Follow the link below) Read more about William Shakespeare’s connection to the world of historical fencing in London, and what this particular play … Read more …

A Sword Wounds Compendium

The 18th century French surgeon Hughes Ravaton gives us a fascinating insight into sword wounds, and what it tells us about the use of such weapons as well as the swordsmans thought process when selecting his opening. Very Perilous: A sword wounds compendium by the surgeon Ravaton

Happy Easter everyone!

Have you ever wondered about the bizarre beasties in medieval marginalia? Amongst the most violent (and heavily armed, oddly enough) are the infamous rabbits. Here is Katja Hammond’s take on these. To see more of her brilliant work, look up her popular HEMA webcomic at squirescribbles.com

English Sidesword Open 2020

One of the few major European events dedicated purely to the use of the sidesword and its companion weapons, The English Sidesword Open (ESO) is always an eagerly anticipated international affair. With a great following of competitors and participants from around the globe, the ESO brings together, not just the best this art has to … Read more …