Sword Play.

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Do you like a good sword? Now available on DVD, the documentary Reclaiming the Blade geeks out on the history and power of “the Medieval and Renaissance blade, a profound and beautiful object hand-crafted by master artisans of old.” Indeed, the weapon is

an object of great complexity, yet one with a singular use in mind – it is designed to kill. The truth of the sword has been shrouded in antiquity, and the Renaissance martial arts that brought it to being are long forgotten. The ancient practitioners lent us all they knew through their manuscripts. As gunslingers of the Renaissance they were western heroes with swords, and they lived and died by them. Yet today their history remains cloaked under a shadow of legend.

Reclaiming the Blade is narrated by the stentorian John Rhys-Davies and features, among others, Lord of the Rings actor Viggo Mortensen talking on swordcraft. Sounds sharp.



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