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On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Gwendolyn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> If that was a PM, it wasn't. But thank you for the smile.
>
> Gwendolyn
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> On Dec 5, 2014, at 9:16 AM, Eowyth þa Siðend  <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> *******TACKLE*****HUGS*********************
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> On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM, Edward de Kent <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
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>> Christian,
>>
>> In your effort to distinguish equestrian activities from cut-and-thrust
>> and armored combat you neglected to mention mounted combat, which is
>> virtually identical to armored combat in terms of weapons, armor, and
>> rules, except that it is done while mounted on a horse.  The fact that two
>> major equestrian activities are "martial art[s] where two combatants (or
>> more, in melee) face off directly against one another" kind of throws a
>> wrench into your argument.
>>
>> And that is to say nothing, of course, of the historical fact that one of
>> the key distinguishing features of a knight was being a mounted combatant.
>> For obvious reasons of practicality that was not made a requirement of the
>> Chivalry, but if one is to propose creating additional branches of the
>> Chivalry, then surely equestrians who attain the appropriate level of
>> prowess in mounted combat and jousting would be at least as good a fit as a
>> cut-and-thrust branch.
>>
>> Let me be clear: I'm not necessarily taking a position for or against the
>> 'new branch' proposal in general, but it is difficult to argue that it
>> makes more sense for cut-and-thrust than (combatant) equestrians.
>>
>> -Edward de Kent
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