I’m doing a quick post, here, to point out to interested parties three excellent resources I found about ancient (and not-so-ancient) combat.
But also shields and daggers and polearms.
I believe in plausibility when writing my stories – plausibility over overkill.
I’m not writing handbooks, I’m writing fiction – and I want my stories to be believable without clobbering my readers with too much detail.
One thing I learned is, listening to someone passionate about a subject is often better than going through arid web-pages and treaties.
And mind you, I love doing research for my stories, but as I said in the past, there is such a thing as too much research.
So I apply the old Doc Savage methods for becoming an instant expert.
The London swordsmen (and women) also have a web site.
Skallagrim – another very fine vlog about weapons, spiced with humor and common sense. And some very fine historical information.
… And last but not least in the least, Lindybeige – opinionated, funny, extremely intelligent and a treasure trove of historical detail (the sort we writers get wrong…)
And Lloyd’s got a website, too!
Check these gentlemen and their Youtube channels out – you will not be disappointed.