The poor and strange Greek Stratioti who was member of the Freifechter Guild


Freifechter Guild - Hellas

By George. E. Georgas, fencing coach, Pammachon Hellenic Martial Art Instructor, and Research Scholar for the Meyer Freifechter Guild.

I thank Mr. Aggelos Poulidis for histranslation from Greek to English language

In previous articles I have proven with evidence taken both from historical sources and from works of art that, during the Renaissance, the Greek (and Albanian )  Stratioti were serving under European armies, like those of the Most Serene Republic of Venice and the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. These poor, strange soldiers were so popular that they ended up having great impact on the martial arts of their employers.

The coat of Arms of the Freifechter Guild The coat of Arms of the Freifechter Guild

I was also under the suspicion that the Greek mercenaries that were serving the German empire had come in contact with the German fighting guilds and brotherhoods. I first had this thought reading the books of the last Master…

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