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Book Review: “ A Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling ” by Saviolo

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Jared Kirby presents his interpretation and editing of Vincentio Saviolo’s 1595 work 'Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels'. Vincentio Saviolo set up a fencing salle in Elizabethan London ‘about’ late 1580-ish, but he is perhaps better known to most in the HEMA rapier community as being the ‘dandified Italian’ against whom George Silver ranted. That aside, Saviolo had a successful career…

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Spring Season Sword Press: News for April 2017

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Most sports require a novice to spend a lot of money to equip themselves with those pieces of kit necessary to start learning the basics of the game. (European football and ultimate Frisbee perhaps being the exceptions here). Ice hockey, lacrosse and American football require significant equipment commitment before the first timer can safely set foot onto the field. It…

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Book Review: “Cut & Thrust – European Swords and Swordsmanship” by Dougherty

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This recent inclusion to the HEMA body of common knowledge is very much a 'beer and peer' book. That is to say, you can open the book into most any chapter, and find a statement or assessment that should lead to intelligent debate among your knowledgeable sparring partners. In ‘Cut & Thrust’ Martin Dougherty describes his take on how the…

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Join An Official Study Group or Form One!

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Academie Duello is proud to announce our listing of official study groups and affiliate schools around North America! All of these groups are run by certified study group leaders or ranked instructors. If you’re keen on learning what we have to offer, but don’t live in Vancouver, now is your chance to connect with a group near you! Become a…

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Selectively Quotable Sword Press: News for January 2017

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When we read ‘press’, (yes, the ‘real news’ press), we must remember that any item offered by a newspaper is often restricted by column length … the journalist is only allowed so much space to present their story. And sometimes, these restrictions result in a quotation being taken out of context; misplaced in context; or – people being human –…

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Book Review: “16th C. Single Sword Combat” by Wilson

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{Of the origin of ‘fightbooks’} “Around the same time another invention increased the popularity of swordplay even further—what Marshall McLuhan has called "the making of typographical man." A cluster of innovations, including movable metal type, oil-based ink, and the wooden handpress, revolutionized learning. For the first time those who taught fencing could have their ideas printed and disseminated. The age…

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Snowy Sword Press: News for December 2016

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“Italians especially Neapolitans loved dueling, and Italy clung to the duello more ferociously than any country besides France and Germany. In the ten years between 1879 and 1889, 2,759 duels were recorded there … In summer, the number of duels was five times greater than in winter, ...” [1] [caption id="attachment_19071" align="alignright" width="300"] The modern Chinese Army practicing swordplay ……

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Book Review: “The Art of Sword Combat” by Meyer

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New for this year is Dr Jeffry L. Forgeng's translation of the recently discovered Fechtbuch ‘The Art of Sword Combat’[1] by Joachim Meyer. This new offering is thought to pre-date Meyer’s famous work, ‘The Art of Combat’ (1570) by two years. Dr Forgeng is well qualified to handle an original, old work. He’s done research on Meyers' work in the…

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Seated Quietly with Sword Press: News for September 2016

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[caption id="attachment_18538" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Photo: DENÍK [Vyškov, Czech Republic] by Daniel Smola)[/caption]“… every night almost some one or other, who either heated with wine, or made choleric with the loss of his money, raises a quarrel, swords are drawn, … ”[1] [caption id="attachment_18457" align="alignright" width="300"] Chair Sword Contest (from Do Or Die: A Supplementary Manual on Individual Combat by Author…

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Book Review: “The History and Art of Personal Combat” by Wise

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“From the moment a girl gets to be full-grown, the very first thing she learns When two men go out to face each other, only one returns.” -- Gene Pitney, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Though opinions vary, the most recent revival of academic and practical interest in duelling started about two decades ago. This does not imply that there was…

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