Hi Gabriel,
Well, Durmast was the 6th Don made in the Knowne World.  He is responsible for the creation & development of the Cadet system to the Dons/Donas, he was the youngest Don ever made at19 ( began fighting at 17, before we had age limits) and is @51 now, so yes, I think he has a gereat deal of experience.  He began his SCA career in Ansteorra and then in An Tir.  It is in An Tir where he received his laurel for Combat & research.  Also, as I stated previously, he is one of the few that I know, I did not say the only one who has.  Big difference.  Now, I've said my piece, so I will bow out of this discussion.  What do I know about it?  Not much, just gave the Rapier community 25 yrs of my service in the SCA & not just in my own kingdom, either. 
So there!  :-)

From: Patrick Anderson <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2014 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Proposed Peerage for Masters of Defense

I can come up with three Laurels for historic combat, mostly sword based, from Northshield alone. The main problem with a Laurel for historic combat and the rapier peerage is that one is for research and one is for skill. (Or should be.)

On Thu, Dec 4, 2014, at 01:04 PM, Patricia Schmidt wrote:
Also, you all might want to contact M. Don Hans Durmast von der Wanderlust who lives in An Tir.  He is one of the few that I know of receiving a Laurel for his practice of his martial art of Fence and the research he did on period use and technique.  He could give you some very valuable insight to this issue.  Part of his early research (nearly 20 years ago) was on finding mundane patents of arms that had been given in the area of rapier combat.  He and his group found 2 distinct different references, but the 3rd eluded them for quite a while.  You owe it to yourselves to ask this Gentleman what he thinks about it and why.
 M. Jalali of Salamis, OL Ansteorra. 
Patrick Anderson
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