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Highland Martial Culture: The Fightin Heritage of Scotland

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The revival of interest in historical Western martial arts has focused a great deal of attention on the weapons of Scotland, especially of the Highlanders. Yet, despite all this enthusiasm for the martial arts of the Highland, few of those practicing have experienced genuine Gaelic culture - and without a cultural context, no practice of martial arts can be considered complete.

Highland Martial Culture examines the nature of the Gaelic warrior class and its martial training; ...

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Overview


The revival of interest in historical Western martial arts has focused a great deal of attention on the weapons of Scotland, especially of the Highlanders. Yet, despite all this enthusiasm for the martial arts of the Highland, few of those practicing have experienced genuine Gaelic culture - and without a cultural context, no practice of martial arts can be considered complete.

Highland Martial Culture examines the nature of the Gaelic warrior class and its martial training; the Gaelic duel and how it differed from the duel in continental Europe; the phenomenon of wandering swordsmen in Highland society; the Highland conception of honor; internal aspects of martial arts practice such as mental tricks, traditional charms and spells used in warfare; unusual skills such as the fast draw; and health practices associated with the warrior class.

This is your chance to find out more about the rich cultural heritage associated with the practice of Highland weapons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581606928
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 897,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher Thompson is the author of Lannaireachd:Gaelic Swordsmanship, a training manual on the use of the Highland broadsword. A resident of Portland, Maine, Thompson is the president of the Cateran Society, a national organization that promotes historical fencing with Highland weapons.
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Table of Contents


Introduction 1
Chapter 1: Martial Training in Gaelic Warrior Society 5
The Gaelic Warrior Class 5
The Gaelic Duel 9
Prizefighters, Stage Gladiators, and Wandering Swordsmen 19
Cliu: The Gaelic Conception of Honor 33
Chapter 2: Esoteric Skills in the Gaelic Martial Arts 39
The White Sword of Light 39
LĂșth Chleas's Ghaisge: Martial Feats and Martial Arts 50
Cleasaiche Claidhimh: Sword Tricks 63
Sleight-of-Hand Theory 64
The Swordsman's Leap 66
The Sword Flip 67
The Quick Draw 68
The Cleasaiche ClaidhimhExercise 69
Sorcery and Enchantment in the Gaelic Martial Arts 70
Mire-Catha: Battle Madness 72
Charms and Enchantments 75
Sgoil Dhubh: The Black Schooling 89
Occult Pacts 90
Chapter 3: Diet and Health in Martial Training 97
A Swordsman's Upbringing 97
A Highland Swordsman's Diet 100
Cold Water Bathing 100
Breathing Exercises 102
Chapter 4: Gaelic Poetry and the Warrior Class 103Appendices 109
Appendix 1: Cormac's Instructions to Cairbre 109
Appendix 2: The Maxims of the Fianna 110
Appendix 3: The Panegyric Code 112
Appendix 4: Gaelic Proverbs 113
Appendix 5: Joining the Cateran Society 117
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