HEMA, Bright Ages and the uncomfortable weight of whiteness

I have Thoughts.

Surpassing Bradamante: Joan of Arc & Female Knighthood

I am a lapsed historian. Specifically, I am a lapsed medievalist.

I am also a third/fourth generation Singaporean-Chinese.

(In another guise, I also write science fiction and will talk about werewolves in Singapore, but that’s another story).

I am a lapsed historian. But it doesn’t mean I am totally disinterested in history. I still keep up, read stuff and watch for updates. These days, I am happy to see newer, younger non-white historians who are majoring in medieval studies and histories, and writing new works. (Geez, I sound old, don’t I?).

I am a lapsed medievalist who still wants to pursue (somehow, don’t ask me how, money don’t fall from the sky) a PhD. I love medieval longsword and I try to practise it (Renaissance longsword, if you want to ask. Fiore’s, to be precise). It’s my dream to merge HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) with female knighthood (or even…

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April April.

What a March. What a birthday month. 

Omicron came, peaked and subsided. Singapore eased restrictions, including mask-wearing. I have brain fog, fatigue and joint pain. Not sure if it’s covid-related or linked to perimenopause (because I have an uterus and I am already in my late forties). But in between all that, I got writing done, got paid for it and also worked on my picturebook. 

Because this virus tends to throw curveballs (I mean, all organisms want only to survive to reproduce!), I am going to continue wearing my mask, indoors and outdoors. I have elderly parents. I have an elderly inlaw. I have preexisting conditions, well-managed now, but I cannot let down my guard. 

Oh yeah, my stylus decided to die on me. My wacom is as old as my younger child – about 11 years. >.< I asked for help but nobody seemed to care. 

So, what’s in store for April?

1. Fire Heart. 

2. The General & I.

3. Work on art.