Category Archives: Historic Text

The Duke of Wellington on the Supremacy of the Smallsword

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, is regarded as one of the great military leaders of the 19th Century.  Having served in Belgium and India, he rose to the rank of Major-General and was then appointed Field Marshal … Continue reading

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Hope’s Fundamentals and Rules

Sir William Hope (1660-1724) was trained in the French school of the smallsword but came to conclude it lacking. Sir William went on to devise an approach to the smallsword that incorporated the techniques established in the English backsword tradition … Continue reading

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Blackwell’s Disarm in Tierce

Study everything Blackwell had to say in his 1702 publication by following the link below at the SmallswordProject.com Blackwell, H. (1702). The English fencing-master. London: Printed by J. Downing in Bartholomew-Close, for the author. [English]

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New de La Touche Translation Forthcoming

Reinier van Noort has just announced a forthcoming translation of de La Touche’s seminal work, The True Art of the Single Sword (1670). Combined with plates reworked by Todd Glenn, this translation should be of great interest to enthusiasts of the … Continue reading

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Monsieur de La Touche

Monsieur de La Touche was a 17th Century French Master. He played in integral role in the process of standardizing fencing terms and in establishing a codified method of fencing instruction.  The plate above is from his 1670  Les Vrays … Continue reading

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