Highland Swordsmanship: Techniques of the Scottish Swordmasters

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The Scottish Highlander has been romanticized in poetry, song and legend; immortalized in the figures of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Rob Roy. His reputation as a fierce fighter and deadly swordsman was much more than a myth - a proud tradition of Scottish fencing masters taught the use of the backsword, smallsword, target and dirk from the 17th through the 19th centuries. These masters were as colorful and diverse as the Scottish people themselves, from the upper-class Anglicized, Sir William Hope, to the bawdy, ...
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Overview

The Scottish Highlander has been romanticized in poetry, song and legend; immortalized in the figures of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Rob Roy. His reputation as a fierce fighter and deadly swordsman was much more than a myth - a proud tradition of Scottish fencing masters taught the use of the backsword, smallsword, target and dirk from the 17th through the 19th centuries. These masters were as colorful and diverse as the Scottish people themselves, from the upper-class Anglicized, Sir William Hope, to the bawdy, soldier-turned-fencing master Donald McBane, who ran a fencing salon out of his wife's brothel. In this omnibus edition, Mark Rector presents two classic manuals of Scottish swordsmanship from the days of Culloden.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891448157
  • Publisher: Chivalry Bookshelf, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Rector is an actor, playwright, stage combatant and fight choreographer, as well as a student and practitioner of historical swordplay. He is the translator and editor of "Medieval Combat, Hans Talhoffer's Fechtbuch ('fight book') of 1467"

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Gaelic Swordmanship 7
Notes on the Text and Illustrations 19
Expert Sword - Man's Companion (1728) 20
Introduction 20
A Poem from the Author to the Reader 22
A Poem - To the Scotish Hero 23
Two Latin Poems 24
The Beginning and End of Man 24
The Remarkable Passages and Actions of the Life of the Author 25
General Directions (McBane's fencing manual) 47
Or Ordinance for Land Service 81
An Exercise for Guns on Batteries 84
Several Regiments of Horse, Dragoons, & Foot 85
New Method of Fencing (1707)
Introduction 87
A Poem to the Author 90
Dedication to the Earl Marischal 91
Advertisement to Fencing Instructors 93
Introduction to the New Method 97
Chapter 1 - The Hanging Guard 101
Chapter 2 - Advantages of the Hanging Guard 103
Chapter 3 - Objections to the Hanging Guard Answered 110
Chapter 4 - Terms used in the Discussion of Fencing 115
Chapter 5 - How to Parie and Defend Ones' self 148
Chapter 6 - Of the Pursuit, Blows & Thrusts 153
Chapter 7 - Chief and Undeniable Principles 165
Chapter 8 - Conclusion 184
Laws to Govern Fencing Schools 190
Laws to Govern Prize Playing 192
Glossary 194
Bibliography 196
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