Myths, Legends and History: Constructing Identity in the Reconstruction and Reinvention of Western Martial Pursuits

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Eacersall, Douglas C.. 2015. "Myths, Legends and History: Constructing Identity in the Reconstruction and Reinvention of Western Martial Pursuits." 10th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS 2015). Brisbane, Australia 14 - 18 Jul 2015 Australia.
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Myths, Legends and History: Constructing Identity in the Reconstruction and Reinvention of Western Martial Pursuits

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AuthorEacersall, Douglas C.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS 2015)
Number of Pages12
Year2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://www.anzamems.org/?page_id=188
Conference/Event10th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS 2015)
Event Details
10th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS 2015)
Event Date
14 to end of 18 Jul 2015
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

Due to advances in military technology and changing social attitudes and conditions, at various points in history a number of traditional Western martial pursuits have fallen out of embodied practice. Many however, have remained in the Western consciousness in the form of myths, legends and historical writings. Since the early 1970s, groups of medieval enthusiasts have sought to revive and reconstruct these lost arts. This paper seeks to examine the ways in which these myths, legends and historical writings have been used in this re-construction and the significance this has had for practitioners, especially in terms of the construction of identities in response to their modern needs.

KeywordsHistorical European Martial Arts; Western Martial Arts; Medieval Studies; Sports History; identity; youth; adolescence; masculinity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
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