Podcast 39: Chivalry in Renaissance Martial Arts

Scott interviews John Clements, director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts and author of the books Renaissance Swordsmanship and Medieval Swordsmanship, to learn how the ideals of chivalry shaped, and were reflected in the culture and practices of civilian and military combat training in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Also: Learning the Art of Manliness and chivalry with Brett McKay, and a look at how chivalry spends a day in the park.

Quicklinks — Buy the titles from authors interviewed in this show by using the following links:

• Renaissance Swordsmanship and Medieval Swordsmanship by John Clements
• The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man by Brett and Kate McKay


Segment 1: A Day in the Park with Chivalry

Some cities are proposing asking neighborhood residents tend and clean-up parks as a means of dealing with budget woes. A fiscal folly, or an opportunity for chivalry? Learn more in these news items:
• NPR reports on cost-saving measures proposed in Colorado Springs;
• Budget cuts might mean taller grass in the Kansas City Star (link no longer available).

John Clements, director of ARMA, practices his art.

Segment 2: Chivalry and Renaissance Martial Arts – An Interview with John Clements

• Visit the ARMA Website to learn more about the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts;
• ARMA Archive article: Top Myths of Renaissance Martial Arts;
• ARMA Archive article: The Real History of the Crusades;
• ARMA Archive article: The ARMA Credo or Code of Conduct;
• John Clements’ newest book: Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts.

Below: Enjoy The Arts of Mars, Part 1 of the 10-part on-line documentary Renaissance Martial Arts, produced by ARMA.

Watch all 10 parts of the series on the ARMA Website.

Brett McKay (right) and his wife Kate are co-authors of the book The Art of Manliness.

Segment 3: The Art of Manliness and the Practice of Chivalry with Brett McKay

• Visit The Art of Manliness website;
• The Art of Manliness has some suggestions on How To Be A Modern Knight in the 21st century;
• Buy The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

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Next month on Episode 40: We look at chivalry’s role in the history and culture of Scouting as the Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years of Scouting in America.