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The History and Art of Personal Combat

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More men have gone to their deaths in personal combat with the sword than with all other weapons put together, according to the author of this comprehensive history of classical and historical swordsmanship. Arthur Wise examines the sword's many uses and varieties, including the broadsword, two-hander, and rapier as well as the dagger, bayonet, and halberd. Historic engravings, line art, photographs, and other illustrations complement nearly every page of this fascinating study.

Starting with the earliest extant accounts, this survey traces the development and theory of personal combat through the elaborate formality of the sword fight to the modern methods of commando raids and gang warfare, including the use of rifles and handguns. Despite the discussions of science and technique, this volume offers no coverage of sport fencing, focusing only on fights to the death. Readers interested in swordsmanship and weapons combat will find it a valuable source of information from dozens of historic manuals and period sources.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive, illustrated history of classical and historical swordsmanship, this volume details uses of the broadsword, two-hander, and rapier as well as the dagger, bayonet, and halberd.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive history of classical and historical swordsmanship, this volume details uses of the broadsword, two-hander, and rapier as well as the dagger, bayonet, and halberd. Vintage engravings, line art, photographs, and other illustrations grace nearly every page, and the author touches on rifles, handguns, and other types of modern weapons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486492810
Author:
Wise, Arthur
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
historical fencing
Subject:
classical fencing
Subject:
swordsmanship
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black and white illus. throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
11 x 8.25 in

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A comprehensive, illustrated history of classical and historical swordsmanship, this volume details uses of the broadsword, two-hander, and rapier as well as the dagger, bayonet, and halberd.
"Synopsis" by ,
A comprehensive history of classical and historical swordsmanship, this volume details uses of the broadsword, two-hander, and rapier as well as the dagger, bayonet, and halberd. Vintage engravings, line art, photographs, and other illustrations grace nearly every page, and the author touches on rifles, handguns, and other types of modern weapons.
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