Ken's publication credits include everything from scholarly translations and academic journals to mass-market magazines, Web sites, anthologies, books, and countercultural media projects. He has also written several works for hire; crafted book proposals; and worked as a project editor, developmental editor, and copyeditor on encyclopedias, books, Web sites, and mass-market magazines.

Ken's particular fields of expertise are in history, creative nonfiction, and accurately conveying complex ideas to a lay audience.

 

Books

Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise. New York: Italica Press, 2009. (Translation of Camillo Agrippa's 1553 Treatise on the Science of Arms with extensive scholarly introduction.)

The Knightly Art of Battle. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2011. (Popular-audience work on Fiore dei Liberi's 1410 Fior di Battaglia)

The Art of the Two-Handed Sword: A Translation of Francesco Alfieri's Lo Spadone with a Guide to Modern Practice. Staten Island, NY: SKA Swordplay Books, 2011.

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Article on Italian fencing treatises to be included in A Companion to Medieval and Early Modern Fightbooks, ed. Timothy Dawson, Daniel Jacquet, and Karin Verelst. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

“Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and the Medieval Frontier.” Paper to be included in upcoming conference proceedings, ed. Albrecht Classen. New York: De Gruyter, forthcoming 2014.

“Timekeeping” (with Denis Casey), “Weapons, Warfare, Siege Machinery, and Training in Arms,” and “Chivalry and Knighthood.” Book chapters in Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages, ed. Albrecht Classen. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, forthcoming 2013.

"Notes on Bibliothèque Nationale MS Lat. 11269, Florius de Arte Lutandi." Arms and Armour 8:2 (2011). (On the Paris MS of Fiore dei Liberi.)

“Future-Spectives.” Sixteenth Century Society Journal 40:1 (Spring, 2009). (Essay on digital humanities and the changing direction of scholarship.)

“Multiple Factors.” The Independent Scholar 19:4 (Fall, 2005). (Essay on the difficulties of publishing academic and non-academic nonfiction.)

 

Encyclopedia Articles

“Exploration and Colonization.” In Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. (Robert Bjork, ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

"Metrosexual." In Dictionary of American History, Dynamic Reference (Gary Cross, ed.). Detroit: Gale Group, Inc., 2009.

“Love, Western Notions of.” In The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Maryanne Cline Horowitz, ed.). Detroit: Gale Group, Inc., 2004. (with Ven Bullough)

“Meme.” In The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Maryanne Cline Horowitz, ed.). Detroit: Gale Group, Inc., 2004.

 

Columns

"A History of Single Life." Nerve.com, 2005–2009.

"Academic Politics." The Faster Times, 2009–2012.

 

Web Sites

CorporateMofo.com (pioneering, lauded, but now-defunct countercultural e-zine)

 

Popular History and Nonfiction Articles:

"How to Teach Fencing." Tournaments Illuminated Winter 2013.

“Surpassing the Love of Women: Male Homosexuality in the Pre-Modern World.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 6, 2004.

“A Field Guide to Buying Armor.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 5, 2004.

“An Interview with Armorer Brian Price.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 5, 2004.

“The Secret History of the Holy Grail.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 5, p. 18.

“Racing Toward the Apocalypse: Calculating the Coming of ‘End Times.’ ” Mysteries, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 7.

“Anton LaVey Unmasked.” Mysteries, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 54.

“The Noble Knights of Noble Cause.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 36.

“Command and Conquer: The Medieval Warrior.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 41.

“Russian Stone May Prove Dark Ages Not So Dark After All.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 15.

“The Mysterious Treasures of Rosslyn Chapel.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 31.

“Prince Henry Sinclair: American Explorer?” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 36. (sidebar)

“The Mysterious Templar Treasure.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 38. (sidebar)

“The Norse Roots of Democracy.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 62.

“Tournament Productions: Full-Contact Swordfighting.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 22.

“Justin Tausig: Modern Fencer” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 24.

“Ramon Martinez: Maestro de Esgrima.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 40. (interview)

“The Riddle of Steel: The Neophyte’s Guide to Buying a Sword.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 61.

“Thor the Barbarian: A Mythic Figure in Modern Times.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 14.

“The Greatest Minds of the Age.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 42. (co-author)

“Ahmed Abdur Rashid: Naqshabandi Sufi.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 72. (interview)

“Death in the Middle Ages.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 35.

“Funerary Sculpture of the Renaissance.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 37. (sidebar)

“The Top Millennial Movements of the Middle Ages.” Renaissance. Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 38. (sidebar)

“The Deadly Marching Drum.” Renaissance. Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 49. (sidebar)

“China’s Great Explorer.” Renaissance. Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 93.

“Of Hobbits and Heroes.” Collector Editions. Vol. 28, No. 3 (May/June 2000), p. 66.

“Life in a Medieval University.” Renaissance. Vol. 5 No. 3, p. 24.

“The Celebrations of Twelfth Night.” Renaissance. Vol. 5 No. 4, p. 40.

“Destriers, Derring-Do, and Devotion: Behind the Scenes at the MSR Jousting Team.” Renaissance. Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 51.

“The Wild, Wild East.” Hammerterz Forum. Vol. 5, No. 2/3 (August 1999), p. 5.

“Driving Obsession.” Collector Editions. Vol. 27, No. 7 (December 1999), p. 46.

“The Traveler’s Guide to Pennsic War.” Renaissance. Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 47.

“Advice for the Novice Campaigner.” Renaissance. Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 49. (sidebar)

“So You Want to Be a Swordsman?” Renaissance. Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 16.

“The Society for Creative Anachronism: Re-enacting the Middle Ages.” Renaissance. Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 7.

“Martial Arts in the SCA.” Renaissance. Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 9. (sidebar)

 

Creative Nonfiction:

"That's Farkin' Right!" New York Press, June 13, 2007.

My First Date at Phony Island.” New York Press, February 16, 2005.

“Rovespeak Lexicon.” In Billionaires for Bush: Ruling the World for Fun and Profit. New York: Four Walls, Eight Windows, 2004.

Erotic New York by Tim Haft. Shecky’s, 2002. (as Tristan Trout) (contributor)

 

Fiction

“Victor Victus.” Adventures of Sword and Sorcery. No. 7, p. 64.

 

Book Reviews

Review of Tobias Capwell, The Queen of Weapons. De Re Militari, forthcoming.

Review of Journal of Medieval Military History Vol. IX. De Re Militari, June 2012.

Review of Carolyn Springer's Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance. De Re Militari, Jnauary 2012.

Review of Christan Teutsch’s Victory at Poiters. De Re Militari, forthcoming.

Review of Richard Kaeuper’s Holy Warriors. The Sixteenth Century Journal, forthcoming.

“Into the Nerve Center of the Latest Sexual Revolution” (Review of Nerve’s Guide to Sex Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen by Emma Taylor and LoreleiSharkey.) New York Press Vol. 17, No. 9.

“It Looks Better than it Tastes.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 21. (Review of Hideous Absinthe by Jad Adams.)

“50 Reasons not to Vote for Bush.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 22. (Review of Robert Sterling (ed.) 50 Reasons Not to Vote for Bush)

Holy Blood, Holy Grail.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 28. (Review of Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln's Holy Blood, Holy Grail.)

“15 to Life.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 47. (Review of Anthony Papa and Jennifer Wynn’s 15 to Life.)

“The Last Knight.”. Renaissance Vol. 9, No 5, 2004. (Review of Norman Cantor’s The Last Knight.)

“Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 4, 2004.

“Italian Rapier Combat.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 4, 2004.

“Shifting Frequencies.” Mysteries, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 60.

“Medieval Swordsmanship.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 60.

“Medieval Combat.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 61.

“The Myth of the Sword Video.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 61. (Video review).

“The Knight: A Portrait of Europe’s Warrior Elite.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 61.

“Legends of the Star Ancestors.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 58.

“Galactic Alignment.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 59.

“Beneath the Stone.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 59.

“The Green Man in Britain.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 82.

“Keepers of the Kingdom.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 82.

“The Pen and the Sword: The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo.” The Fight Master: The Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors. Vol. XXV, No. 1 (Spring/Summer, 2002), p. 32.

Death in Medieval England by D.M. Hadley.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 80.

The Black Plague by William Naphy and Andrew Spicer.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 80.

Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction by Brian R. Price.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 76.

“The Pen and the Sword: Medieval Combat by Hans Talhoffer, Translated by Mark Rector.” The Fight Master: The Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors. Vol. XXIV, No. 2 (Fall/Winter, 2001), p. 42.

The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo.” Renaissance. Vol. 6, No. 2, p. 68.

“The History of Fencing.” Renaissance. Vol. 4, No. 4. p. 77.

 

Edited Online Publications

"Pyongyang’s Game of Thrones." Fletcher Forum, 2013.

"Strategies of War in Westeros." De Re Militari, 2013.

"Hide the Salome." Jewcy.com, 2007.

"Frum Seeking Frum." Jewcy.com, 2006.

"War Support." Freezerbox.com, 2004.

“Random Passages Culled from Novels I Edited While Working at a Vanity Press.” In “Lists.” McSweeneys.net, 2004.

“Ostrim.” In “New Food.” McSweeneys.net, 2004.

"The Society for Creative Anachronism." Disinfo.org, 2004.

“Daggers of the Mind: Towards a Historiography of Fencing.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1998.

“The Other Wild West: Fencing in New York in the 1880s and After.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Review: European Helmets, 1450-1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Review: The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Review: Medieval Combat.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Interview with Brian Price.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Getting to the Point: The European Art of Fencing.” FightingArts.com, 2001.

“It’s All in the Timing: Concepts of Timing in Combative Italian Swordsmanship.” FightingArts.com, 2001.

“It’s All in the Timing: Concepts of Timing in Combative Italian Swordsmanship.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 2001. (reprint)

“Getting to the Point: The European Art of Fencing.” The Journal of Western Martial Art (www.ejmas.com), 2001. (reprint)

“Daggers of the Mind: Towards a Historiography of Fencing.” The Journal of Western Martial Art (www.ejmas.com), 2001. (reprint)

“Western Martial Arts Workshop 2001.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 2002.

“Swords of Western Martial Arts.” FightingArts.com, 2002.

Medieval Swordsmanship, by John Clements.” FightingArts.com, 2002. (review)

 

As Editor or Developmental Editor

Swordmaster, the journal of the US Fencing Coaches' Association (2009–2010)

Field Guide to Changing Careers (Checkmark, 2008–2009)

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Scribners, 2003)

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual History in America (Scribners, 2003)

Dictionary of the Middle Ages Supplement (Scribners, 2003)

Estafilade, the semi-annual newsletter of the Association for Historical Fencing (AHF). Estafilade archives may be viewed on the AHF’s Web site at The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org). (1999–2005)

 

Work in Progress:

Untitled Fiore dei Liberi translation, forthcoming from Freelance Academy Press/Higgins Armory Museum.

Editor, “Can These Bones Come to Life?”: Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation. Proceedings of the Oakeshott and Higgins sessions from the International Medieval Congress, Volume I: Historical European Martial Arts. Wheaton, IL/Worcester, MA: Freelance Academy Press/Higgins Armory Museum, forthcoming 2013.

Monograph on the development of timekeeping and its effects on society, in discussion with Johns Hopkins University Press.

Works on rapier, bâton, and longsword from Freelance Academy Press.

Monograph on European fechtbücher and society.

 

As Translator:

Jean-Pierre Verney and Jérôme Pecnard, La guerre de 1914-1918 en relief: L'album de la Grande Guerre. Forthcoming.

 

Works for Hire:

"Introduction" to Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2014.

Contributor, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Weird Canada. New York: Portable Press, 2013.

"Introduction" to The Divine Comedy. San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2013.

"Introduction" to The Arabian Nights. San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2011.

"Introduction" to Grimms' Fairy Tales. San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2011.

Career Launcher: Education. New York: Ferguson, 2011.

Field Guide to Finding a New Career: Food and Culinary Arts. New York: Checkmark, 2009.

Field Guide to Finding a New Career: Advertising, Sales, and Marketing. New York: Checkmark, 2009.

Great Careers with a High School Diploma: Construction and Trades. New York: Ferguson, 2008.

Great Careers with a High School Diploma: Communications, the Arts, and Computers. New York: Ferguson, 2008.

“Sex Toys.” Article in Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. (Original contributor pulled out)