Myths, Legends and History: Constructing Identity in the Reconstruction and Reinvention of Western Martial Pursuits

Eacersall, Douglas C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2674-1240 (2015) Myths, Legends and History: Constructing Identity in the Reconstruction and Reinvention of Western Martial Pursuits. In: 10th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS 2015), 14 July - 18 July 2015, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

Due to advances in military technology and changing social attitudes and conditions, at various points in history a number of traditional Western martial pursuits have fallen out of embodied practice. Many however, have remained in the Western consciousness in the form of myths, legends and historical writings. Since the early 1970s, groups of medieval enthusiasts have sought to revive and reconstruct these lost arts. This paper seeks to examine the ways in which these myths, legends and historical writings have been used in this re-construction and the significance this has had for practitioners, especially in terms of the construction of identities in response to their modern needs.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 00:06
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historical European Martial Arts; Western Martial Arts; Medieval Studies; Sports History; identity; youth; adolescence; masculinity
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130602 Organised sports
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48671

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