admin wrote:I'm afraid that I only know what has been said in lectures by Matt Galas and Steve Hick (both members of this forum), so it might be worth prodding them by PM. As far as I understood from the lectures, they do believe that position of the lady is the same/similar in the Iberian material and also of course in Fiore and Vadi (though Fiore and Vadi differ to some extent).
That's news to me. Like Steve Reich said, the guarda dama
(lady guard) is a rule, and not a position. So far as we know now, the Spanish didn't really name or describe in detail various positions. La verdadera destreza
(LVD) really just had the one. Older Spanish styles, when they talked about postures at all, did so generically, such as the sword low or high, or at either hip or either shoulder. Puerto de hiero
(iron door) is one exception, that was named by Pacheco and other LVD authors when talking about the common fencers. It's unclear as to whether that was common in Spanish fencing, adapted from the Italians, used by Italian stylists (LVD authors don't often differentiate, lumping all non-LVD fencers of whatever nationality together), or simply a common natural posture by untrained (or barely trained) swordsmen.