While writing the prequel to ShadowLight, I realized the only knowledge I have about sword fighting is what I’ve seen in movies, tv, or read about in books. Yep. All my knowledge comes from fictional fights and sword novels. Sad, but true. And let’s face it, when’s the last time you’ve seen anyone do a slo-mo triple flip with two battle swords in hand, consequently wiping out a hoard of oncoming baddies–all while dressed in a skimpy skirt and tummy shirt? Um. Never. (In real life that is–incase you weren’t sure, we’re talking about reality right now. I know. I try to avoid it too, but that ole’ reality check keeps popping up on me.)
So I set out to discover everything I could about the art of medieval sword fighting. Shocking as this may seem–nothing we see in the movies is accurate. Basic things, like never turn your back on an opponent. Then how is one supposed to do a mid-air turn and plunge? Or never lose contact with your sword, which makes those toss your blade, turn, kick, catch and jab scenes just silly.
I thought I’d share a few real-life and totally awesome sword fights with you.
First we have two fighters. Since there’s no description of who they are or why they’re fighting, I can only assume I’d be happy to never meet them, especially in a dark alley…unless of course I’m a damsel in distress and they are coming to my rescue. Then by all means… ;-)
Medieval Sword Fight
Secondly, we have my personal favorite — the making of the Princess Bride sword fighting scenes. You don’t love the Princess Bride? Inconceivable!
Sword Play in the Princess Bride
And third? I included this because it’s wrong, and cheesy, and I am wondering if anyone can figure out how these women lose their stilletos? (But then again…once they get to the fighting, they are pretty phenomenal if you can get past the cheese-ball arrival and walking swagger.)
Hot Female Sword Duel (seriously – I did not make that up – they did)