Facts

Some quite interesting facts about fencing ... or they may just be rumours or actual lies.

  • William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was also a skilled stage fencer and taught his actors to make things look as real as possible.

  • Scotland's Last Duel

    Few other institutions can match the history of Glasgow University Union. Founded in 1885, the Union was the scene of Scotland’s last ever duel in 1899; swords were drawn and blood was spilled over the election battle for the University Rectorship.

  • Fencing and Ballet

    Many of the ballet positions are derived from fencing.

  • Early Fencing Writing

    The earliest known surviving treatise on fencing, stored at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England, dates from around 1300 AD and is from Germany. Written in medieval Latin and German, it describes a system of using the sword and buckler (small shield) and is illustrated by over 100 ink and watercolour drawings.

  • Fencing in the Olympics

    When the Olympics Games were revived from antiquity in 1896, fencing was on the program. It is one of just four sports to have been part of every Summer Games since then. Men's foil and sabre were part of the first Games; epee was added in 1900. Women competed in Olympic fencing for the first time in 1924.

143