The project of the Swordplay Symposium International (SSI), this long-anticipated anthology of articles captures not only the "cutting edge” of scholarship relating to study of historical fighting treatises and techniques, but also stands as a paean to one of the sword communities greatest lights, Ewart Oakeshott.
Over a lifetime, Ewart Oakeshott not only earned unparalleled respect for his knowledge of medieval swords, but also earned renown by his openness and enthusiasm, chivalric qualities that set an example for others to follow. The author of the most important books on sword history, including The Archaeology of Weapons and Records of the Medieval Sword are timeless standard reference works.
Containing Ewart's last article, Studying Arms within the Circumference of History, SPADA is sure to become an instant resource. Alongside Ewart, notable luminaries in the historical swordsmanship community record the current state of scholarship relating to the fantastic yet cryptic historical treatises.
"The Art of Parrying”-- Gregory Mele
"Counterattacks with Opposition”-- Stephen Hand
"Dom Duarte's Advice on Swordsmanship -- Steven Hick
"Early Medieval Shield Techniques”-- Hand & Wagner
"Hungarian Sabre Techniques”-- Russell Mitchell
"Grappling in Renaissance Fencing”-- John Clements
"Handedness in Staff Arts”-- Paul Wagner
"Foundations of Italian Rapier”--William E. Wilson
"Spanish Rapier in Saviolo”-- Stephen Hand and Ramon Martinez
"Highland Swordsmanship”-- Paul Wagner
This volume is sure to appeal to historical and modern fencers, Medieval and Renaissance reenactors, stage combatants, military historians and arms& armor historians.