Joseph Swetnam

Joseph Swetnam wrote The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence in 1617. In it he discusses fencing with rapier, backsword and quarterstaff.

Most interesting to me is the unique intersection of English and Italian tradition that his work on the rapier represents.

I’m currently working on a paper/project/thesis on this, using George Silver as my benchmark for the contemporary English fencing tradition and Salvator Fabris for the Italian.

Check back for my various thoughts as I compile data and write.

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