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Documentary Shows Real Sword Combat Was Nothing Like Video Games or Movies

by Shane McGlaun
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I like sword fights as much as the next guy. I mean, maybe I like them more. I’m not into renaissance fairs or LARPing, but I did take fencing way back in the day. I also rather like movies and video games with sword fights because they look cool.

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As it turns out, back in the days when the sword was the best weapon around, the fights were nothing like what we see on screen. A fascinating documentary called Back to the Source introduces us to the community of Historical European Martial Arts, who do their best to replicate period-accurate combat, through a mix of swordplay, grappling, and wrestling.

It turns out the real fights weren’t pretty, and no one cared about anything other than sticking the other guy through their armor with a blade. The documentary is nearly 90 minutes long, but if you’re into history, swords, and fighting it’s definitely worth the time.

[via Kotaku]



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