- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Chivalry Bookshelf; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891448188
- ISBN-13: 978-1891448188
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arte of Defence: An Introduction to the Use of the Rapier 1st Edition
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About the Author
William E. Wilson is a well respected and accomplished historical fencer and instructor, president of the Tattershall School of Defence, fencing coach for Northern Arizona University, a senior marshal in within the Society for Creative Anachronism, and is affiliated with the International Masters at Arms Federation. He has taught at numerous workshops throughout the world.
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Bill's book isn't the final word on rapier fencing, but it is a pretty good place to start. It also isn't really a how-to guide. It explores the basic concepts and principles of all rapier fencing and shows a large number of sample actions in clear photographs. What this book will do more than anything is to help you to understand the rapier and to know where to go after you finish the book. It will certainly prevent you from making any of the common mistakes seen amongst rapier fencers. This is an extremely useful book for anyone interested in rapier fencing, particularly beginners. I commend Bill on a job well done and look forward to his planned work on the Bolognese sidesword (early rapier) school.
As an instructor, I've found useful drills and techniques to add to my curriculum for my own students.
I'm shamelessly plugging this book to anyone who expresses an interest in studying rapier.
It is excellent, though not an advanced manual -- something the book admits, recommending that from here you obtain a translation and work for that. The basics include photographs, drills, terminology and description for developing the period style, as well as an introduction to the masters.
I'd recommend it to anyone interested in SCA style fencing or a more serious Western Martial Art.