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His True Art of Defense

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In 1594 the writings of an Italian Fencing Master, Giacomo diGrasse, were "Englished" from the original Italian for the benefit of his London students. I highly recommend the 1594 version, which uses the language of Shakespeare and the King James Bible, and is very readable. Regrettably, it has been my experience that most students are daunted by certain typographical conventions and unfamiliar terms, and so satisfy themselves with only a quick glance. This modern interpretation was prepared originally for my students, and will serve readers with a historical interest in period fencing technique who prefer a more streamlined and accessible version of this classic work.




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Description: DiGrasse True Art of Defense, Rapier Combat Manual, Rapier Fencing
To keep the text concise, my working assumption is that the reader is familiar with modern fencing jargon, which is used as applicable. Brief explanations are included in the gloss. In addition, the gloss includes comments on diGrasse's intent or observations from the experience of modern fencing or martial arts. In the second edition, I supplemented this material with video clips of selected rapier techniques.

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