Perhaps the best interpretation for Capoferro's rapier treatise. Every concepts and moves were interpreted very well and explained the reasons behind them. The attention to detail is concerned, and the writing attitude is very honest.
However there are some serious draw backs. First the illustrations are pretty unclear and for me, most of the time they don't really help. Usually it's impossible to see relative positions of rapiers of the two person, and it's hard to figure out who's the trainer and who's the master. The illustrations are pretty small and lack of contrast. (They might be improved if they're in colors instead of in monotones.)
Additionally, it only interprets some of the capoferro's techniques. Besides rapier+bare hand and rapier+dagger, capoferro also included rapier+buckler and rapier+cloak in his treatise and these were not included in this book.
Excellent book, very good in its presentation and the logical order in which the study of the rapier is introduced. The exercises to develop skills specific to the rapier are also excellent and of use to anyone who teaches medieval swordsmanship.
This book is modern WMA teacher Guy Windsor's interpretation of Italian 17th century rapier combat. I highly reccomend it because the book is directed at creating a complete system in the modern context. There are guards, thrusts, several footwork plays all with a good explanation and step by step visual instruction. On top of that there are plenty of drills for solo or group work and plenty of advice on core concepts. For a beginner, or instructor the book is very useful as both something to learn from, but also teach from.
For those who like historical manuals, Windsor's 'catch all' Italian makes a great complimentary resource.
Where the book falls a little flat is in the concept of gaining the blade, or stringere. Windsor does his best to explain the concept and show many pictures to elaborate, but the photography is not up to the challenge of clearly depicting what rapier blades are up to, creating a sense of many images that appear (but are not) the same.
A minor issue, for the rest of the book is clearly photographed and easy to understand.
This book is a must have for anyone interested in historic fencing. It puts the often difficult descriptions of fencing technique into practical methods that you can use and incorporate in practice. The book includes drills that put the description to practice and leads one to improve their skills. The only improvement I would like to have seen is an actual translation of Capo Ferro's work. This does not eclipse the books usefulness though. This is definitely a book worth including in your collection.