|George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence..., 1599
K.U.Leuven, Universiteitsbibliotheek, 4A 1307
George Silver spends a fair amount of time frothing at the mouth about the folly of the newfangled Italian rapier play, as opposed to the English sword. He provides some interesting discussion on the proper use of sword and buckler, two-handed sword, dagger, various pole-arms, and pike. Probably his most valuable contribution is his dissertation on combative theory in terms of the true and false fights, the four grounds and four governors. Colour scanned images permission of Leuven University Press
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