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Posted July 5, 2012
This was an interesting book because it offered some history about fencing and sword fighting and because it made me think about the different ways that people combined various weapons.
Much of the book was taken up with full page illustrations of various positions. It took some thinking to work out how some of the moves were actually done, though I wish I had my fencing buddies around to try out some of these techniques.
That said, this book covers techniques, not systems of sword fighting. So, there is not a description of a complete method of using your sword. That said, it would make an excellent jumping off point for understanding some of the systems that were once used.
As for the books limitation, it was originally written in 1892, so there were limitations on book printing and publishng. My guess is that this accounts for the limited illustrations and short length of the work.
Still, I would recommend this to fencers who have some sense of the romance of the sport and to people who have an interest in the ways that sword fighting has changed through the centuries.