myArmoury.com Bookstore

Schools and Masters of Fencing: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
Schools and Masters of Fencing: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by Egerton Castle

List Price: $18.95
Our Price: $18.40
Ships FREE from Amazon.com on orders over $25 (details)
Add To Cart

This book is on our reading list

Average myArmoury rating:  (4 votes)

Edition: Paperback

Other editions available: Unknown Binding, Paperback

39 third-party copies available from: $2.78

View Details on Amazon.com


Other items of interest:
Old Sword Play: Techniques of the Great Masters (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff
The Book of the Sword: With 293 Illustrations (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
The History and Art of Personal Combat (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
Historical European Martial Arts in its Context: Single-Combat, Duels, Tournaments, Self-Defense, War, Masters and their Treatises
By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions; 10th anniversary edition (Modern Library Paperbacks)
The Art and Science of Fencing
The 'Lost' Second Book of Nicoletto Giganti(1608): A Rapier Fencing Treatise
The Sword and the Centuries: Or, Old Sword Days and Old Sword Ways : Being a Description of the Various Swords Used in Civilized Europe During the LA



Product Description:

The standard reference on historical swordsmanship since its 1885 publication, this volume is still widely considered the definitive work on fencing history and the art of European swordsmanship. The author, Egerton Castle, traces fencing from its roots in the unschooled brawling of the Middle Ages to its latter-day precision and refinement, focusing particularly on the 16th-century development of the rapier and the weapon's popularity in Renaissance Italy, where Italian masters founded the modern art of swordsmanship.Envisioning the history of the sword as a history of humanity, the author proposes that the changes in modes of fencing corresponded to changes in manners. The rough, untutored fighting of the Middle Ages, for example, mirrored the supremacy of brute force in social and political life. The more subtle Renaissance era led to the ascendancy of the rapier and dagger, weapons of vicious elegance rather than sturdy brutality. Subsequent years saw a dwindling incidence of dueling, the decline of the sword to an article of gentlemen's apparel, and the reduction of swordsmanship to a courtly accomplishment akin to dancing."The subject is full of interest," the author notes in his Introduction, "not only for the fencer who looks upon his favourite pastime as a science, but also in a high degree for the novelist, the painter, the actor, and the antiquarian." All will welcome the return of this abundantly illustrated and long-out-of-print work.



Product Details/Specifications:
Author: Egerton Castle
Publisher: Dover Publications

Manufacturer: Dover Publications
EAN: 9780486428260
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 0486428265
Number of items: 1
Number of pages: 336
Publication date: 2003-05-20
Release date: 2003-05-20
Universal product code (UPC): 800759428267
Language: English (Published)
Language: English (Original Language)
Language: English (Unknown)






Copyright © 2003-2019 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved

Trademarks used within the store are the property of their respective owners. Product details copyright Amazon.com.

myArmoury.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide
a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.