In fact, all medieval films and series incorrectly depict medieval war arts. It’s even an inappropriate simplification, because when it comes to swordsmanship, or weapons and armor, we’re dealing with a lot of brutal dumb stuff. The King had one fight, of course, that turned out pretty well (acceptably), but the rest of the movie was just lame.
However, there is one great series that deserves the highest recognition. It presents in an almost perfect way both the way of fighting with different weapons, as well as the armor used, and even the tactics of fighting! It is simply amazing. I’m talking about the anime series “The Witch-Virgin Maria”.
Yes, you did well – the series showing the best medieval European martial arts is … Japanese animation 🙂 England (14th-15th centuries).
Watch the video above because it’s worth it 🙂
In the beginning, we have a very good demonstration of the use of weapons, correct postures and sword-fighting technique with shield (up to two types of shields). This was what the warriors would have fought back then. Even this peculiar to many of the use of the sword as a war hammer is in perfect accordance with both the accounts and the instructions in many treatises.
English archers draw their bows as they should – with their whole body, using large portions of their muscles, leaning back slightly to release the arrow as the body moves forward. That’s what they did. Quite different from sporting shooters who draw their weak arcs on a stiff shoulder. And most importantly – without any stupid commands that make them keep their arrows on their strings, as in various movie scenes.
We even see the famous two-finger gesture that English archers mock at the French. Why was it used? The French simply cut off the fingers of the captured English so that they could not release the bow. It was this gesture that turned on the current vulgar display of one finger…maybe 🙂
The infantrymen wear clothes made of linen and wool, on which there are often plates or pieces of armor, or some steel reinforcement, to replace the armor (such as this cheaper version). They wear the correct hats on their heads. They are mercenaries, of course, among them you can even see better armored fighters, mainly in full-sheet armor.
We have a view of stringing a crossbow with an English lift (hinge), and also its use from behind a transom, that is, a large shield, which is very characteristic of the Genoese crossbowmen, who were often used by the French during the Hundred Years’ War.
An interesting fact is that you can often see a small shield in use (the gear), which was actually very popular in a set with a sword or war hammer. Even his technique of using it, the way to hold it (forward), hit enemy thrusts, or use it like brass knuckles, is rendered flawlessly! Wonderful …
Heavy cavalry armor is a feature of that era and is presented in a very subtle and even subtle way.
An attentive viewer will notice hooks, a primitive firearm that appeared on the battlefields of the time.
This movie is so good it’s hard to believe.
What can you attach? because you have to 🙂
The greatest pain is that there is no long chain in this series…
I also do not understand why in the first battle we deal with different weapons in relation to the opponents. I am not familiar with the causes and circumstances of this battle, but I do know that in the past, equal opportunity was carefully taken care of when it came to weapons.
Also note that the heavy command in this movie looks almost like an army of clones 🙂 At the same time, the armor differed not only to a certain extent (although, of course, it had a certain specific standard), but was also marked with coats of arms, and in a very effective way . The infantry is coloured, while the cavalry is…grey.
English archers not only achieved high skills, but also developed a higher level when it comes to armor and weapons. Everyone tried to put on good armor (they still allow shooting of course), and aside from bows, they were well armed with swords, ropes, hammers and certainly wretched. why? For apart from firing bows, they often fought head-on, usually with a well-armed and armored enemy, often with cavalry.
But these are all comments that slightly underestimate the rating of this series … they can even be explained one way or another. The truth is that this anime is by far the best, the most detailed, fully consistent with the available knowledge, and represents the European martial arts of the Middle Ages.