The sword has been a symbol of power and status for thousands of years. In the 16th century it became an essential part of civilian dress as well. This study day will examine the complex story of swords in everyday life during the Renaissance, their role as weapons but also as status symbols, jewellery objects, and works of art. Topics will include the evolution of the rapier, its development, construction and decoration, and its use, illustrated in lavish fencing books published throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
10.30am: Registration & tea & coffee
11.00am: Welcome, Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, The Wallace Collection
11.05am: The Noble Art of the Sword: Central themes from the exhibition, Tobias Capwell
11.50am: The De Walden Collection of Fight Manuals, Joshua Pendragon, Guest Assistant Curator, The Noble Art of the Sword
12.45pm: Lunch (not provided)
2.00pm: The Rapier and its Relation to Military Swords of the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries, Keith Dowen, The Wallace Collection
2.45pm: The Construction and Conservation of Renaissance Swords, David Edge, Head of Conservation, The Wallace Collection
3.30pm: Break for tea & coffee
3.50pm: The Rapier - product of an advanced metallurgy, Alan Williams, Metallurgist, The Wallace Collection
Cost: £30. Booking essential on 020 7563 9527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This programme is subject to change