[MR] History Collection: Female Duelists

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 02:30:03 PST 2019

Noble Friends,

Years ago there was a fascinating program on the History Channel called
"Conquest". In each episode, and arms expert would teach a group of
students about the history and use of various weapons, with the students
taking on costumed roles appropriate to the period. Episode 9 was "The
Duel", and featured a female swordswoman who was one of the most feared and
successful duelists in Italy. Every once and a while I look for information
on this woman, whose name I do not know, but always come up empty.

Today in thrashing around on the web, I encountered a feature on a site
called the History Collection about famous female duelists. There are ten
brief stories here, two from our period (one a joust), though most of the
duelists fought with swords. In most cases, the duels were fought against
other women, but several were against men.

Perhaps our female rapier fighters will enjoy these tales:

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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