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Memoirs of Serjeant Donald Macleod, 1791 By Keith Farrell
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Serjeant Donald Macleod was quite the character, with great longevity, incredible fighting skills, and a knack for meeting important people and becoming friendly with them. He served in many... More > regiments of the British Army, fighting in several theatres of war across Europe and North America, and engaging in many duels along the way. The Memoirs were published in his 103rd year, to raise income to help support him in his old age. The Memoirs cover not only Macleod's engagement in war, but his early life in Skye before he joined the army at the age of 12. The tales of his time in the army, and his several attempts at retirement, are entertaining while showing many of the important British and global issues of the 18th century. This book contains the original Memoirs and a companion essay by Keith Farrell, examining the historical accuracy of the Memoirs, and debating the question of whether they are a work of fiction or if they were indeed the memories of an old and accomplished Highland soldier.< Less
Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick By Keith Farrell
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This book is an introduction to the history, use and context of the Scottish basket-hilted broadsword. As part of the Academy of Historical Arts Study Guide series, it is intended to serve as a study... More > guide for practitioners of historical fencing who work with this weapon, or who would like to begin learning its style. Instructors will also find it helpful as it provides plenty of contextual information to use for illustrating lessons, and anecdotes to help students engage with the system. Contained within is all the information required for self-study of two fascinating disciplines, Scottish broadsword and British singlestick, with salient points for study for people who do not have the luxury of regular access to a teacher. For practitioners who do receive regular tuition, this book will not replace input from your teacher, but will instead supplement it and offer a greater awareness and understanding of the context of the art that you study.< Less
Encased in Steel Anthology I By Keith Farrell
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The writing team behind the Encased in Steel blog (Keith Farrell, Alex Bourdas and Ben Kerr, with guest author Benjamin Hawkins) have compiled some of the best articles from the last four years into... More > the first Encased in Steel anthology. The articles have been edited heavily and updated significantly, to ensure a high quality of both scholarship and written language. Some new and unique articles have been written specifically for this volume, that are not available on the blog. The book is divided into five thematic parts, each dealing with a different element of the study of historical European martial arts. Topics include chivalry, history and research, studies of weapons, test cutting, and practical concerns. Suitable for anyone with an interest in European history!< Less
The Scottish Highlander: In Anecdote and Story By Keith Farrell & Roderick MacLennan
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The Scottish Highlander is a famous stereotype, with certain mannerisms and peculiarities, and with both vices and virtues. This book, originally published in 1905, collects a wide variety of... More > anecdotes about the Highlander, drawn from literature and local folk memories, and it shows many facets of the Highland caricature. Some of the anecdotes feel very familiar in terms of the stereotype and the point of view on life, and can be recognised even in modern Scottish society. Other stories show facets of the modern character that are perhaps less prevalent in Scotland today, but that are still interesting from the historical perspective. Linguists may find the representation of spoken language to be worthy of study, as the Gael does not always speak in perfect English, but struggles with translating thoughts from Gaelic. Representations of regional accents make the spoken text a little more challenging to follow, but again serve to make the collection of anecdotes all the more rich and fascinating.< Less
Swords, Science, and Society: German Martial Arts in the Middle Ages By Keith Farrell & Jamie Acutt
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In medieval Germany, combat was a matter of life and death, and knowing the Art of Fencing was to have control over it: to have the power to save or take lives. Those who knew the Art of Fencing kept... More > such knowledge as a closely guarded secret. In 15th century Bavaria, a small and secretive fellowship of fencing masters encoded their knowledge into a cryptic verse. Their Art, the ‘one true art of the sword’, was reserved only for the initiated. At the head of this fellowship was a grand-master known as Johannes Liechtenauer. Presented within this book is an investigation of the Company of Liechtenauer, tracing their connections and influences through archival records spanning more than a century. Scholarly Fencing is contrasted with what was referred to as ‘Common Fencing’. Separating the common from the initiated, this book demonstrates the Aristotelian and Scholastic approach that defined the secret Art of Liechtenauer, and describes the science of sword-fighting in the 15th and 16th centuries.< Less
Legends of the Black Watch By Keith Farrell & James Grant
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Ten years after the 1715 Jacobite uprising, General Wade came to the Highlands with the mission to pacify the clans and uphold the law. On the command of King George I, he raised six independent... More > Highland Companies, which were known as the "Black Watch" or "Reicudan Dhu". Within half a century of its inception, the regiment had become well-known and respected for its bravery and skill at arms, and there were many stories of their valiant efforts in battle. "Legends of the Black Watch", first published in 1859, recounts such stories vividly. The tales within this book show the bravery, leadership, and martial skill with which the soldiers and officers of the Black Watch faced their foes with musket and broadsword, as they fought throughout Europe and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The stories serve not only as a record of the legends of the regiment, but also show the mindset and beliefs of the Scottish people during this time period.< Less
History of the Rebellion of 1745-6 By Keith Farrell & Robert Chambers
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First published in 1828, and revised several times, the “History of the Rebellion of 1745” by the famous Scottish historian, scientist and author Robert Chambers is a premier scholarly... More > work on the subject of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. With constant reference to copious primary sources, Chambers narrates the uprising in a compelling and knowledgeable fashion. Chambers was himself no Jacobite supporter, nor did he approve of the way that the government and its forces handled the situation, so his writing is relatively neutral. He compliments both sides of the conflict where deserved, and metes out criticism where a behaviour or failure was unnecessary. This makes it a relatively unbiased account of this momentous affair, and the constant reference to primary sources keeps it well-grounded in fact, without becoming a work of fiction. This book belongs in the library of anyone with an interest in British history, the Jacobites, or the struggles in 18th century Scotland.< Less
AHA German Longsword Study Guide By Keith Farrell & Alex Bourdas
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The Academy of Historical Arts is pleased to announce that our first proper publication has become available. We are setting up a new division of our organisation, called Fallen Rook Publishing, to... More > handle the publishing activities that we believe will happen with increasing frequency over the next few years. This book compiles the research into the subject of the Liechtenauer tradition (and its outliers) from the past three years. It is an excellent study guide for people who have learned the system from their instructors and who would like to put their knowledge into the context of the historical sources. Students with advanced skill sets and assistant instructors will find this book particularly valuable. Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors of the Academy of Historical Arts, and teaches regularly at international events. Alex Bourdas is one of the instructors within the Academy of Historical Arts. His studies focus primarily on the Kunst des Fechtens.< Less
Old Scottish Customs: Local and General By Keith Farrell & E.J. Guthrie
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Every country has history and heritage, and a large part of that heritage is in the customs and traditions of the past. This book was first published in 1885 by E.J. Guthrie, the culmination of 15... More > years and travels during which she collected stories and reports of old Scottish customs and traditions that had fallen out of fashion or were becoming obsolete. This modern reproduction offers a fascinating insight into the heritage of Scotland. It touches on religion, family life, birth and death, weddings and festivities, and all other aspects of life. The book belongs on the shelf of anyone with an interest in the history of the Scottish people and how they would have lived their lives. In our fast-paced world, where everything is available at the push of a button, where we can travel large distances quickly and where information can travel even more swiftly, it is worth reflecting on why some of these old customs developed the way they did and why there was a need for such customs in local communities.< Less

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