Crosse Parry

Crosse Parry

Crosse Parry

From Swetnam:

…the other high guard is to put your rapier on the out-side of your dagger, and with your dagger make a crosse, as it were, by ioyning him in the middest of your rapier, so high as your breast, and your dagger hilt in his usual place, and to defend the thrust, turne down the point of your rapier suddenly, and force him downe with your dagger, by letting them fall both together: this way you may defend a thrust before it come within three foot of your bodie; and this way defendeth the thrust of a staffe, having onlie a rapier and dagger,

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Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Lunge

The Lunge

The Lunge

From Swetnam:

To observe distance, by which is meant that thou shouldest stand so far of from thine enemy, as thou canst, but reach him when thou dost step forth with thy blow or thrust, and thy foremost foote and hand must goe together, and which distance may be twelve foot with a rapier, or with a sword four foote ling, and yet thy best foote which should be the hindermost foot of a right handed man, should bee mored fast and keepe his standing without moving an inch.

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Published in: on May 5, 2009 at 10:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Thesis Complete!

So, I have now finished my undergraduate thesis on Swetnam. I may rework it for publication, so I’m not planning on posting the full thing here. I will, however, post the illustrations I’ve made, along with the Swetnam quotes describing the guard or play. I’ve already started, and next up will be the lunge.

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Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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