Old swordplay. The systems of fence by Alfred Hutton

By Alfred Hutton

This, the second one of Hutton’s books to be reprinted via Naval and armed forces Press (the different is chilly metal: a pragmatic treatise of the sabre) is intensely infrequent, for under three hundred copies have been published. the writer, ex-King’s Dragoon Guards, was once an stated fencing professional, who made it his enterprise to understand the historical past of his game in addition to the sensible program of it. the following he seems on the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries, and starts off by means of taking a look at the two-handed sword. He maintains with a historical past of the rapier and the dagger, the broadsword and the buckler, spending a lot time on a close background of either improvement and use of those guns. He additionally appears to be like on the perform of scuffling with with dagger and cloak and rapier and cloak, a virtually balletic paintings a lot performed within the 15th century. His subsequent subject seems to be on the eighteenth century, after facing the transition interval among swordplay and activity. The plates hide some of the phases and hobbies of fencing, all of that are tailored from modern prints created by way of the masters of the artwork of the categorical time. In all a really worthwhile remedy of the paintings and its historical past.

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Chapter VI - DAGGER AND CLOAK. THE Dagger used by Marozzo was the “Pugnale Bolognese,” a large double-edged weapon, sufficiently heavy for cutting as well as thrusting. He is most impressive on one very important point, namely, that as the dagger is a very short weapon, so it is an extremely dangerous one, and requires most careful watching, and that therefore the eyes must never be taken off the dagger-hand of the enemy. The cloak is worn and manipulated in much the same manner as when it accompanies the sword (Plate 33).

Guard. After Alfieri. 54 Chapter VII - THE CASE OF RAPIERS. THIS consisted of an exact pair of swords, one for each hand, and they were kept together in one and the same scabbard; they were somewhat similar to those used in buckler-play. The study of this method of fence is recommended by Marozzo, Di Grassi, and others, for the reason that it is difficult, and is, moreover, very little understood, and might therefore be exceedingly useful in a serious fight in the lists. According to Marozzo, the combatants engaged with the most advanced sword held in quarte, and the other in tierce (Plate 34); but Di Grassi advises a somewhat different attitude, the rear-ward sword being held in a sort of prime, while the other was kept low, with the hand a little in advance of the side (Plate 35).

27 Plate 15: Parry of High Quarte and Riposte under the Arm. After Alfieri. The line A gives the alternative of a thrust at the face, and B that of a “madritto” at the leg. 28 Plate 16: Parry and Command in Tierce, Fient “under and over” at the Throat. After Alfieri. Line B gives alternative of “over and under”, A a “madritto” at the head, and C a “riverso” at the leg. Chapter IV - BROADSWORD AND BUCKLER. THIS exercise is considerably older than that of the long rapier and dagger, before which weapons it speedily vanished.

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