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Manuscripts come Alive in PCA’s Literature Classes

By: Webmaster|Date: Oct 26, 2017|Tags: School News

Back by popular demand, Mrs. Curley’s literature classes were host to teachers from the Michigan Medieval Combat Association, a sword fighting school located in Livonia, Mi. Captain Kyle Randall-Tansek, Captain Benjamin David Curley, and Michael Hensley brought medieval and renaissance manuscripts to life through live interpretations and interactive demonstrations.

Senior Evan Wright reflected “I really did enjoy it last year, and I was excited to see what they were going to teach us this year.” Historical European Martial Arts, or H.E.M.A. is a community of researchers and practitioners who are striving to preserve sword fighting practices from around the world. Senior Evan Wright said, “This is a form of history that people are bring back to life.”

Juniors Quinn McLaren and Tyler Joseph were quick to volunteer to interpret a manuscript from the 15th century in their British Literature class. Using synthetic swords, they walked through how a sword fighting lesson would be interpreted by modern practitioners.

When asked how she thought H.E.M.A. fit into a literature class, Senior Eliya Adams reported that “Sword fighting is implied in the stories we read in AP English as well as in other literature classes. It is cool to see it applied in real life.”

October 26, 2017
By Gloriann Curley
Photos by Freshman Kari Groen

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