Over the past week, I used my position in Medieval Combat to the fullest and tried to gather information through interviews and stories that may help my research along in numerous ways. Donning the name that I use on the fields of war, “Injury”, I began to discuss many ideas about rules, identity on the battlefield, weaponry, and the state of politics in the sport. I was reminded of the importance of the rules as I dug further into the topic with the club vice president and several long time veterans. Swords clashed on swords as war rhetoric was thrown from behind a shield of walls, and I recorded as much of what was being said as possible.
My time spent doing club activities has allowed me to take a step closer to the research project, and gives me a unique insight on the nature of combat and the sport in general. While others are limited to understanding their projects through mediums, and might not ever be able to physically examine the object of their study, I plan to take full advantage of the opportunity granted to me by the proximity of my object of interest. Because I can simply walk a short distance and immerse myself into combat, I have been able to gather much data and several ideas for my research.
I have had to alter my research topic quite a bit in order to narrow my research. Originally, I had planned to simply compare Medieval Combat and war in general to try to create a conversation between the two. Then, my focus started to narrow before finally settling on comparing the rules of war and the rules of Medieval Combat, and trying to understand the differences and similarities between the two. Thus, I have taken it upon myself to thoroughly study the “Book of War”, the rule book for Medieval Combat, as well as the Geneva Conventions and rules of war over the years. Overall, my studies have greatly adapted to these new ideas and progress has been made towards an end goal.