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European Historical Combat Guild
John Waller, Fulvio Del Tin. Swords and Swordsmanship
|John Waller, Master-at-Arms|
met John Waller in 1994, when he came to visit me
together with Guy Wilson, the Master of the Royal
Armouries in connection to the new Museum in Leeds which
was near to opening. They were organizing educational
activities in the museum and were in need of swords and
John was Museums Director of Live Interpretation and later Creative Director until 2006, training the interpretation team in the performance of numerous historical combat styles as well as the acted interpretation and the Museums own riders and horses.
He had a brilliant
career in swordmanship as well as in historical combat
styles and weapons.
For many years we have been in touch and we shared passion for old weapons. I was impressed by him, a good and kind man. For years I supplyed the Leeds Royal Armouries Museum with my replicas of swords and other weapons, it was in 1995 that I met him at the RA Museum in Leeds, as I had the honour to have an invitation for the opening by the Queen.
Again it was very nice to meet him in the Leeds Museum, during the European Historical Combat Guild Seminar in 2003 and I am proud for the Honoury membership I received from him as Guild Master.
visited me in September 2005, he came together with
Graeme Rimer, Academic Director of the Royal Armouries in
the Leeds R. A. Museum. In that occasion we also went to
the Stibbert Museum in Florence and the armoury of
Palazzo Ducale in Venice.
It is with sadness that I learned that John Waller died after a short and unexpected time in hospital, on 20th April.
John was a great man
and all of us remember him with admiration and affection.
He enriched our lives by his great sense of humour, his
knowledge, and his ability to inspire to people interest
in the subject of arms and armour.
I keep memory of him in my heart forever.
Fulvio Del Tin