George Silver, "Paradoxes of Defence...", 1599
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George Silver was a martial arts instructor and Gentleman (of a peerage class, but not necessarily a noble) in England during the late 16th and early 17th century. Extremely nationalistic he objected to what he characterized as a pernicious influence of the fashionable continental rapier systems being taught at the time on a number of ethical and technical levels, referring in particular to the Italian rapier fencing style.
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The complete title (using the original spelling - "/" indicates line breaks in the original title) as "PARADOXES OF DEFENCE, / WHEREIN IS PROVED THE TRUE / grounds of Fight to be the short auncient weapons, / and that the short Sword hath advantage over the long / Sword or long Rapier. And the weakenness and imper- / fection of the Rapier-fights displayed. Together with an / Admonition to the noble, ancient, victorious, valiant, / and most brave nation of Englishmen, to beware of false / teachers of Defence, and how they forsake their owne / natural fights : with a briefe commendation of / the noble science or exercising of / Armes."
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