... you must be prepared. My favorite photo of Libušín collection.
Libušín, April 2010
Medieval encampment of various period, from early roman to late gothic, market place and great battle of all man-at-arms. No reconstruction of real battle, just big gathering of all admirers of history.
A German City Milita about 1480 AD. Dressed in a red Brigandine and Mail.
Armed with sword and buckler, This sword is a one edge short sword, called Falchion or Malchus. And its NOT Arabian! The buckler is a little steel shield, heavy but very well maneuverable, and also a attack weapon.
Sword and buckler fighting is, in a sense, more complex than that with the Longsword, demanding a greater degree of mobility and alertness for the changing strategic situations of combat.
It is also generally faster than the Longsword fight, with more situations that might go wrong, since both combatants were wielding two implements instead of one. It is indicative of the status of the intendet reader that sword-and-buckler techniques receive so little space as opposed to fighting in full Armour.
The sword and buckler method was used by people from all walks of life for sure, but was more common the nongentle classes of society.