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Theoretical and Applied Introduction to Swordsmanship By Philipp Müller et al.
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Philipp Müller’s original "Theoretical and Applied Introduction to Swordsmanship" treatise from 1847 on the subject of military sabre is translated for the first time into... More > English. Müller was an artillery officer from Germany and a former instructor of swordsmanship for the Greek Royal Military School. He claimed to have followed the principles of swordsmanship as laid out by F.C. Christmann and G. Pfeffinger in their 1838 work, but he included his own modifications and improvements as well. This treatise is one of the few of its kind in the Greek language. It is a complete work including advice on how to choose a good blade, how to defend yourself against left-handers or novices, along with instructions on footwork, guards and cuts, attacks against the blade, counter attacks, attacks in opposition, parries, defences, and more. The original book was endorsed by King Otto of Greece, and we are proud to present this edition today.< 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
The Expert Sword-Man's Companion (paperback) By Ben Kerr & Donald McBane
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A story so incredible, it was believed to be historical fiction. Donald McBane is a figure from history much loved by those who have had the joy of studying his autobiography. Growing up in Inverness... More > and later joining the British regiments, McBane travelled across Europe pimping, duelling, blowing himself up, and performing other incredible feats of a not always admirable nature. The last we hear of him is when he comes out of his retirement in his fifties to fight one last bout in Edinburgh, where he defeated his opponent and walked off with barely a scratch. Yet for all his heroic and sometimes crazy actions, he is remembered only for a single act of cowardice on maps marked as the "Soldier's Leap". This is a highly accurate reproduction of McBane's original work from 1728. It features reproductions of all the original image plates as well as a full and accurate transcription of McBane's original text including his teaching on self-defence, an account of his life and adventures and the art of gunnerie.< 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
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
The True Principles of the Single Sword By Reinier van Noort & Philibert de la Touche
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In the second half of the seventeenth century, the rapier commonly became lighter and shorter, with a smaller hilt, and eventually developed into the smallsword, also known as the court sword. Often,... More > this development is associated with France, and the court of its King, Louis XIV. It is to this King that La Touche boldly dedicated his treatise, "Les Vrays Principes de l'Espée seule", in 1670, and it is this treatise that could be seen as the first work to show how fencing evolved to accommodate the changing weapon. In this work, Reinier van Noort and Antoine Coudre present the first ever English translation of La Touche's "Vrays Principes", providing a fascinating view on the development of fencing in France at a time when the rapier gave way to the smallsword.< 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
Lessons on the Thrust By Jéann Daniel L'Ange & Reinier van Noort
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In 1664, Jéann Daniel L'Ange published the "Deutliche und gründliche Erklärung der adelichen und ritterlichen freyen Fecht-Kunst" in Heidelberg, Germany. This was one of... More > the first concise and systematic treatises on the typically German style of rapier fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris and his German students. L'Ange presents his personal point of view on this fencing style, which includes a rather large selection of brutal grappling moves. This first English translation of L'Ange's treatise, made by Reinier van Noort and published exactly 350 years after the original edition, provides a fascinating viewpoint on a fencing style that is underrepresented in the modern studies on historical martial arts. In this translation, Jéann Daniel L'Ange's view on fencing is presented in a way that is both close to the original, and clearly understandable by a modern reader. Meticulously cleaned scans of the 61 page size plates from the original treatise are also included.< Less
Dagger Fencing: The Italian School By Carlo Parisi
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Today, fighting with dagger versus dagger, or with knife versus knife, is not a common scenario that people might expect to face. However, it was more common in the Middle Ages and in the... More > Renaissance, when it was normal for people to wear a dagger on their belt. Arguments or fights with daggers could break out; and while duels were more often fought with swords, combatants could also agree to do so with daggers. This is not a book on modern knife fighting; rather, it is a book dealing with the historical knife fighting of Renaissance Italy. The modern blade aficionado will also find material of interest. The book offers several views of short bladed weapons that were developed and tested when cold steel was the king of weaponcraft and when duels were more common than today.< Less
Roworth 1798 Facsimile By Charles Roworth & Ben Kerr
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In 1798, Charles Roworth published his first edition of "The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broadsword and Sabre, uniting the Scotch and Austrian methods into one Regular System". Although... More > not a fencing master himself, Roworth's book provides an easy-to-follow system for a student of the broadsword or sabre. His instructions are clear and presume no prior knowledge of the sword; the book works well for beginners, yet even experienced swordsmen will benefit from Roworth's explanations of and rationales for techniques. This facsimile has been recreated from the original treatise owned by the Academy of Historical Arts in Glasgow. Each page has been photographed carefully and edited to provide an exacting reproduction of the highest quality. Additionally, the work includes a biography of Charles Roworth by Keith Farrell, and a brief essay by Ben Kerr on the Long-S character found within the original printed text.< Less