Hero: Ulrich von Liechtenstein

Ulrich von LiechtensteinUlrich von Liechtenstein has been a hero of mine for some time, ever since I first of heard of him and what he had done in his life. I know some of you are thinking of the movie from a few years back by the the name of A Knight’s Tale, which starred the late Heath Ledger and somewhere in the back of your mind you recall that was the assumed name the peasant turned jousting knight used. Someone associated with the movie must have actually had a bit of medieval history in their background, for there was indeed a true knight from the 13th century by the name Ulrich von Liechtenstein.

The real Ulrich had a life that was probably just interesting, perhaps more so, and certainly as ruled by the notions of courtly love and how to win the favor of his this lady that inspired in him all things. Further, the true Ulrich was not only a knight and jouster of some reknown during his lifetime, but he was further was educated and used his talents to write poetry describing his exploits pursuing the love that spurned him. The title of the work the famed poet-jouster, as he is often called, wrote in the original Middle High German was Frauendienst. Translated to modern English, it reads as Continue reading “Hero: Ulrich von Liechtenstein”

Medieval Cavalry

A recent article on a blog by the name of Muhlberger’s Early History has me really taking a bit of an issue with it. The blog can found at http://www.nipissingu.ca/department/history/MUHLBERGER/2008/07/re-enacting-medieval-cavalry-henrik.htm. In the article, one of the founding members of the SCA, who has participated in the re-enactment of Hastings starts to claim that perhaps horses in medieval warfare were perhaps not as much a factor as we would like to believe.

Interestingly enough this goes against most of what we have in both the record and what is put forth by most noted historians. In fact, most of the historians, and indeed most of the record seems to support, that the medieval era from horses standpoint in warfare actually sees its rise to the pinnacle of the ultimate shock troop and it fall from that position to the little more than a quick-moving “infantry” or scouting role by the close of the period. Continue reading “Medieval Cavalry”

I suck (or can I get a do-over?)

So – I have about 100 notes of some sort of another from current events, inward reflective thoughts, or just how much I missing being on the road with friends heading out a joust. However, I have had an extremely unproductive blogging month and half. It would be easy to blame it all on my hectic work schedule, which has had me at the office way to many times past 11:00p.m. (even 1:00 & 2:00a.m. a couple of times), not to mention several days over the weekends of late. I could also combine trying to get in what time I can with and doing things for the horses and just generally trying to have a life (which I have not had the last month plus excepting one weekend). To clarify – time spent with the horses is LIVING!

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