The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts

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The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts
by J Christopher Amberger

Few martial artists and modern fencers today are aware of the mysterious realm of lethally effective fighting arts practised in Europe from classical antiquity until the 20th century. This book introduces you to long-forgotten techniques from ancient sources that allow a clear picture to emerge of the sophisticated empty-hand and edged-weapons fighting skills of the West. Balancing a hands-on approach to sword fighting with detailed analysis of ancient and modern manuals, you encounter: a heartstopping view at the bloodsports systems of the Greeks and Romans; proof that "Renaissance" sword techniques were employed as early as A.D.150; a fighter's perspective on the use of cut and thrust weapons on foot and horseback from the 1600s to World War I; drills and targets of the Highland broadsword; an account of a German student duel with sharp rapiers; as well as dozens of first-hand accounts in the various ways Western warriors of all eras used the sword.--From publisher description.