Thursday, December 27, 2012

Three New Essays

Well everybody, I have just finished three new free essays.  Those are all now available at the Essays section of my website at

I hope that you like them.  I should have you know that I finished those despite the lack of either State or Corporate sponsorship; despite the general thanklessness of the so-called WMA Community; and despite Humanity doing its best to make me homeless.

Said essays may be available at more publicly accessible websites soon.  Or not, since as you could likely tell, I must deal with some rather challenging hardships presently.  As if you care. ~

-J. Hull

Friday, December 21, 2012


Yes - he is a dear friend of mine.  He just wanted to make merry, and we are indeed enriched thereby.

He actually owns very nice replicas of Type XI and Type XII riding/arming swords which go accurately with his Teutonic knight kit, as opposed to the nonetheless-fun sparring-quality light sabre.  That circa 1250-1300 replica kit he wears is quite authentic, and includes custom-made great helm; riveted flat-link maille hauberk, round-link mitts & coif; wool surcoat, linen tunic & trewes, linen & flax arming hood; leather persian boots, etc.  He may add ailettes later plus, unpictured here, he does have a nice triangle/cavalry shield as well.

As the other anachronism of the electrical wall clock suggests, it is almost the 11th hour, and so I shall leave it at that.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Von Blücher Versus Napoleon

Inspired by the illustrious Mr. Marsden's ongoing fixation with Napoleonic fencing, I undertook to search the amazing InterWeb with terms Von Bluecher plus fencing and - Abracadabra! - this image of miltary duelling was found!

Click it to expand and check it out goodly readers:  See how the mighty Field Marshal hews with his trusty sabre to smite the wretched Emperor foining with his nasty rapier.  Attending the former are a couple of reserved German burghers with smoke & drink, plus a ready Russian cossack & horse with lance.  Attending the latter are a trio of gesticulating French generals with their own rapiers.  And last but not least, a dignified British sailor with cutlass stands centred to adjudge the highly important fencing match.

Even Baron Munchausen would be impressed  ;-)

My thanks to these entities for providing access & information, wherefrom more may be learnt about that very entertaining political cartoon:

Die Fechtstunde (The Fencing Lesson) (1814)
JG Schadow (1764-1850)

Ja Wohl!