Jeffrey Forgeng didn’t even know he was in the running for the HEMA Scholar Awards until he was notified in late December that he had won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The HEMA awards, now in their third year, are presented by HROARR, an independent resource “meeting ground” for those in the field of historical European martial arts, to recognize “the finest scholarship” of the past year, notes the organization’s website.
“It came as a bit of a surprise,” Forgeng says of the award, one of five offered in different categories chosen by an international panel of his colleagues in the field.
Forgeng, who holds a joint position as adjunct professor of Humanities and Arts at WPI and curator of the John Woodman Higgins Collection of Arms, Armor and Medieval Art at the Worcester Art Museum, has been fascinated by arms and armor since he was a child. He focused on interdisciplinary medieval studies as an undergraduate at Brown and in his doctoral work at the University of Toronto.