By Craig Turner
Featuring interval drawings and prints of swordplay, this publication examines and compares the one 3 present Elizabethan fencing manuals written in English prior to 1600: Giacomo Di Grassi’s His real Arte of security (1594), Vincentio Saviolo’s His perform in Bookes (1595), and George Silver’s Paradoxes of Defence and Bref directions Upon my Paradoxes of Defence (1599).
More than a technical handbook on swordplay, this booklet explores the impression of a brand new type of violence brought into Elizabethan tradition by means of the discovery of the rapier. The authors research the rapier’s impression at the a number of social sessions, the conflict among the normal English fencing masters and people embracing the recent kind, the growing to be problem with unregulated dueling, and the common references to rapier play within the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
As manufacturer Joseph Papp notes in his Foreword, this can be a publication that "makes a distinction in performance."