Last February 6th, Dr. Marc Gener-Moret (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Associate) was invited by the Arms & Armour Society to talk about the Spanish School of Fencing. The lecture took place within the premises of the emblematic Tower of London.
Marc talked about the history, development and technical characteristics of the Spanish School of Fencing between the 16th and the 18th centuries. Known as “La Verdadera Destreza” or “The True Skill”, the Spanish School was a methodology of sword-fighting based in geometrical, ergonomic and strategical principles, as well as a system for teaching this technical knowledge through print. Today, the study of its history and techniques provides insight on how swords were used efficiently, but also on several social and political features of that period, coming out as an interesting case study on the rationalization of interpersonal violence.