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

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 ...

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This item is on 7 member reading lists:

James Hixson :: Unrated
—Updated Nov 18, 2011

E Stafford :: Unrated
—Updated Feb 1, 2010

Peter Lyon :: Not Recommended
—Updated Jul 9, 2007

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—Updated Jun 25, 2007

Konstantin Tsvetkov :: * RECOMMENDED *
—Updated May 19, 2007

M Howden :: Unrated
—Updated Jan 20, 2007

David Black Mastro ::
Though all Victorian-era books on historical swordplay are somewhat dated, many still hold up rather well. One of the most interesting is Egerton Castle's "Schools and Masters of Fence", which is finally available once again as a Dover reprint, under the slightly altered title, ...
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—Updated Sep 6, 2005 :: 1 of 2 members found this review helpful

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