The Works of George Silver: Comprising "Paradoxes of Defence" [printed in 1599 and Now Reprinted] and "Bref Instructions Vpo My Paradoxes of Defence" [printed for the First Time from the Ms. in the British Museum]

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G. Bell, 1898 - Fencing - 134 pages

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Page v - Paradoxes of Defence, wherein is proved the trve grounds of Fight to be in the short auncient weapons, and that the short Sword hath aduantage of the long Sword or long Rapier. And the weakenesse and imperfection of the Rapier-fights displayed. Together with an Admonition to the noble, ancient, victorious, valiant, and most braue nation of Englishmen, to beware of false teachers of Defence...
Page 2 - Schooletrickes and iugling gambolds: whereby it grew to a common fpeech among the countrie-men, Bring me to a Fencer, I will bring him out of his fence trickes with good downe right blowes, I will make him forget his fence trickes I will warrant him. I fpeake not againft Maifters of Defence indeed, they are to be honoured, nor againft the Science, it is noble, and in mine opinio to be preferred next to Diuinitie ; for as...
Page 72 - Stoccato, which ward was taught by himselfe and Vincentio, and by them best allowed of to be the best ward to stand upon in fight for life either to assault the enemie, or stand and watch his coming.
Page 4 - ... that shall happen to be made, whether it be done by skil or chance, in great danger of death because, the Rapier being too long, the crosse cannot be undone in due time, but may be done by going backe with the feete : but that time is always too long to answere the time of the hand, therefore every man ought to have a weapon according to his own stature. . . . " The fourth marke is, the crosses of their Rapiers for the true defence of their hands are imperfect for the true cariage of the guardant...
Page 65 - Englishman with a thrust upon anie button,1 thou that takest upon thee to come over the seas to teach the valiant Noblemen and Gentlemen of England to fight, thou cowardly fellow, come out of thy house, if thou dare for thy life. I am come to fight with thee.
Page 69 - Play with thee, said Maister Vincentio? if I play with thee, I will hit thee 1. 2. 3. 4 thrusts in the eie together. Then, said the Maister of Defence, if you can, do so, it is the better for you, and the worse for me, but surely I can hardly beleeve that you can hit me : but yet once againe I hartily pray you, good Sir, that you will go to my Schoole and play with me.
Page xvii - Of honor and honorable quarrels.' The full title is Vincentio Saviolo, His Practise, in two bookes: the first intreating of the use of the Rapier and Dagger, the second of Honour and Honourable Quarrels, London, J.
Page 65 - ... and quiers of verie excellent fine paper, gilded, readie for the Noblemen and Gentlemen (upon occasion) to write their letters, being then desirous to follow their fight, to send their men to dispatch their businesse. " And to know how the time passed he had in one corner of his Schoole, a Clocke, with a verie faire large diall ; he had within that Schoole a roome the which...
Page 2 - ... conceits, it keepeth a man in breath, perfect health and long life. It is unto him that hath the perfection thereof a most friendly and comfortable companion when he is alone, having but only his weapon about him, it putteth him out of all feare.
Page 70 - Mercer did presently shew him some of seaven groats a dozen, then he payeth fourteene groats for two dozens and said to the Maister of Defence, there is one dozen for you, and here is another for me.

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