The European Historical Combat Guild

Investigating Europe's Historical combative methods and behaviours

Saturday, 23 March 2019

If it could have happened, how would it have happened?

After John Waller's death many people obviously remembered things that he had said and done that had an impact on their livers and how they thought about things.

This one was from Guy Wilson, former Master of the Royal Armouries and Johns friend and colleague for many years.

As John and he worked together on many projects, the films, How a Man Schall be armyed, Masters of Defence and the building and setting up of the purpose built museum in Leeds and all that entailed.

Guy was remembering that in the quest to attempt to understand and to understand and bring history to life we needed to ask this question...

That it was an ongoing question, that one can not continue to question what we know and what we believe about the the answers we have.

Others may do that but evenn iof they don't we should questions it ourselves.

The renowned archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler, an influence on John in his youth from his appearances on television amounsgt others things,  said that any theory he had, if not challenged by others after some time, then he needed to challenge it himself.

We can not be too certain of what we know, with any subject, and especially when dealing with one separated from us in time or about which we may have little or small amounts of information.

More worrying than not knowing something is being too certain of what we think we know.

If it could have happened, how would it of happened.

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