Martial Translations: HEMA and the Revival of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts

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Eacersall, Douglas. 2011. "Martial Translations: HEMA and the Revival of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts." LingApple@ Quarterly. 2, pp. 1-5.
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Martial Translations: HEMA and the Revival of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts

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AuthorEacersall, Douglas
Journal TitleLingApple@ Quarterly
Journal Citation2, pp. 1-5
Number of Pages5
Year2011
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The modern Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) movement consists of a number of groups that seek to physically reconstruct, and pass on to others, the lost European medieval and Renaissance combat arts dating back to the 14th century. These groups can be found in North and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australasia. A very important part of the authentic reconstruction of traditional European martial systems, including wrestling, archery, fighting from horseback, dagger, sword and buckler, long sword, rapier and polearms involves the translation and interpretation of fencing manuals from the period. This is a rich area of study as the translation methods used by HEMA practitioners include highly rigorous techniques as well as complex, novel and at times less rigorous approaches to produce meaning from difficult texts. It is also a significant area of study as a contrast to the work on translation that has been positioned to discuss the translator as professional and expert (e.g. Holz-Manttari, 1986; Snell-Hornby, 1995) as this project seeks to examine the relevance of translation theory to amateur translation.

KeywordsHistorical European Martial Arts, translation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470411. Sociolinguistics
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