BEST Medieval Offhand-Weapon for Self-Defense?! My Top 3

What is the BEST medieval offhand weapon for self-defense? Assuming that swords were one of the best sidearms in the middle ages what would be the best offhand weapon in a self defense situation? Here I present to you my…

BEST Medieval Offhand-Weapon for Self-Defense?! My Top 3

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What is the BEST medieval offhand weapon for self-defense? Assuming that swords were one of the best sidearms in the middle ages what would be the best offhand weapon in a self defense situation? Here I present to you my completely subjective and biased opinion as a longtime practitioner and instructor of historical european martial arts (HEMA) / historical fencing / historical sword fighting. 😉

This video is inspired by Skallagrim’s “The Best Off-Hand Weapon? (Duellist / Adventurer Equipment)”.
https://youtu.be/4t4-VzDI99Y

I felt you either go full mode everyday convenience or you would just take a nice, solid shield.

00:00 Intro & Rules
01:19 3rd Place
03:36 2nd Place
05:40 Honorable Mentions
07:38 1st Place

What sources do I recommend to start with:
Single Sword? Giovanni dall’Agocchie.
Sword and Bucker? Antonio Manciolino.
Sword and Dagger? Giovanni dall’Agocchie.
Sword and Cape / Cloak? Giovanni dall’Agocchie.

Two Swords? Learn the other stuff first 😉 But then Achille Marozzo and Antonio Manciolino have a section on dual wielding in a duel. For self-defense (one vs. many) Godhino is a nice choice.

You’ll find material on all of them on Wiktenauer: https://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Giovanni_dall%27Agocchie

#medieval #sword #hema

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