…just like all the other true swordsmen.
Fighting was nothing like what you see in Hollywood. You were either quick, or you were dead. Very dead, very fast.
I took a historical swordsmanship class a few years ago and learned basic stances and techniques for the two-handed sword and rapier. Our coach let us know that if you didn’t kill your opponent within (about) the first three hits, you were the one that was dead. It was a pretty cool class to take–I recommend all my fellow fantasy writers who are physically capable of taking such a class to go ahead and do that, or even just observe one.
Or, if you lack the funds or classroom opportunities, watch awesome videos like this:
Hey ladies, how about that eye candy, eh? I provide entertainment for all. Men: swords. Ladies: hot blonde guys.
I’m going have to go through their other video clips for reference on my Viking novella. Yeah. That’s why…