Art, Swords, and HEMA

For today's blog post we bring you this week's episode of Desire Line, the sword-related podcast by James Reilly and Jess Finley.  James and Jess are both renowned historical fencers, instructors, and thought leaders in the American historical European martial arts community.  This conversation, featuring historical fencer and crafter Charles Lin, and Arms and Armor and the Oakeshott Institute's Dr. Nathan Clough, was recorded at the 2022 Chivalric Fighting Arts Symposium in May.  The topic is broadly concerning the topics of craft, art, and what the pursuit of mastership means in the context of historical interpretation.  
This series of podcasts has covered an extensive range of topics relevant to thoughtful fencers, history buffs, and good people everywhere, including topics from the influence of Aristotle and Scholasticism on medieval history to the role of Fuhlen in fencing.  Check out all of the episodes on Jess's YouTube page here.

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Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography.  He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.

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