ARTICLES

Dr. Mondschein's publication credits include everything from speculative fiction to scholarly translations and academic journal articles to mass-market magazines, books, and more. His particular fields of expertise are in accurately conveying complex technical, historical, and scientific ideas to a non-specialist audience.

Below is a small selection of relevant articles and papers by Dr. Mondschein. Please view his website for more!

Peer-Reviewed Academic Articles


The following were published in peer-reviewed books journals and are suitable for academic use—for instance, in undergraduate papers.

"Fencing, Martial Sport, and Working-Class Culture in Early Modern Germany: The Case of Strasbourg." Journal of Medieval Military History, XVII, 2019

 

"On the Art of Fighting: A Humanist Translation of Fiore dei Liberi’s Flower of Battle Owned by Leonello D’Este." Acta Periodica Duellatorum 6.1, 2018.
  
“The Italian Schools of Fencing: Art, Science, and Pedagogy.”  In A Companion to Medieval and Early Modern Fightbooks, ed. Timothy Dawson, Daniel Jacquet, and Karin Verelst. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
 
“ ‘Victor Victus’: Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and the Medieval Frontier”. In Multilingualism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age, ed. Albrecht Classen. New York: De Gruyter, 2016.


“Weapons, Warfare, Siege Machinery, and Training in Arms.” In Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages, ed. Albrecht Classen. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2015.


“Chivalry and Knighthood.” In Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages, ed. Albrecht Classen. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2015.


“The Number of Motion: Camillo Agrippa’s Geometrical Fencing and the Enumeration of the Body” Journal of the Northern Renaissance, Winter 2014.


“The Medieval Experience of Time: Aristotle, Universals, and Technologies.” In “Can These Bones Come to Life?”: Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation. Proceedings of the Oakeshott and Higgins sessions from the International Medieval Congress, Volume I, ed. Ken Mondschein and Michael Cramer. Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2014.
 
“Notes on Bibliothèque Nationale MS Lat. 11269, Florius de Arte Luctandi”. Arms and Armour 8:2 (2011).
 
“How To Teach Fencing.” Tournaments Illuminated 185 (2011)

Other Articles and Writings


Open Letter to HEMA Practitioners (2013)

On the "HEMA masters" controversy.
 
Pennsic Class Handouts (2011)
Notes for Dr. Mondschein's Pennsic 40 classes


Words and Swords: The Maître d'Escrime and the Creation of Bourgeois Masculinity (2009)
This was a paper Dr. Mondschein gave at the NYU Department of French's Unbecoming Masters conference. Like all history (which Isidore of Seville reminds us is a form of rhetoric) written to its audience.


Description of the Paris Fiore MS ("Florius de arte lutandi," BnF MS Lat 11269) (2008)
Codicological analysis of the "fourth Fiore" Dr. Mondschein found in Paris. Supplanted by later analysis.


French Stick Traditions (2008)
Notes on some of Dr. Mondschein's training in France 


Review of Sydney Anglos' Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe (2001)
A critique of Professor Anglo's extraordinarily significant monograph. Dr. Mondschein's main objection is that he pays too much attention to the "martial" and not enough to the "art," while at the same time not understanding the nomenon of fencing itself. (Previously published in Estafilade and The Fightmaster.)


It's all in the Timing (1999)
An early attempt to universalize timing concepts in Italian rapier for the online magazine fightingarts.com. While still useful, it's a bit muddled and needs to pay closer attention to the source texts while also relating the ideas to classical and modern fencing terminology.


The Other Wild West (1999)
Fencing in 19th and early 20th century New York. Somewhat dated, but still interesting. (Previously published in Chris Amberger’s late, lamented Hammerterz Forum.)


Daggers of the Mind: Towards a Historiography of Fencing (1998)
Dr. Mondschein wrote this at Boston University while working towards his MA in
history. It is a first stab towards a critical historiography of fencing. (Previously
published in Estafilade and the Journal of Western Martial Arts.)

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