'How to cut a man down to size', or Tudor Swords and Swordmanship, by Jonathan Davies

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'How to cut a man down to size', or Tudor Swords and Swordmanship, by Jonathan Davies

Booklet published by Stuart Press, 36 pages. A5 size booklet (N6946)

From the introduction: Being an account of the many different swords and daggers that have found their use in battles, petty skirmishes and private duel, as well as a record of the Schools of Fence,
their purposes and prizes and a consideration of the Italian and the English art of fence, concluding with some sundry words upon the causes and conduct of the duel, a practice much to be deprecated in this peaceful realm of England...

The weapon that embodied the duelling spirit was the rapier. In this short essay I will try to describe and explain the use of the rapier and the other forms of sword and ancillary equipment used in Tudor England, as well as considering the English duel in its European context. The introduction of the rapier into England was the most significant single innovation, yet for those unwilling or unable to use such a 'sophisticated' weapon the 'cut and thrust' sword, arming sword or broadsword remained the primary edged weapon, that is after the omnipresent dagger.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.