Tag Archives: French

Angelo on Mounting and Choosing a Blade

Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes Several historic texts on small sword and classical fencing have withstood the test of time.  Few have resonated as well as Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes, originally written in French and published in London in … Continue reading

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Fencing and Dance

A gentleman of the 18th Century was schooled in the arts of fencing, dance, and horsemanship. What evidence do I cite? Well… the monkeys, of course! The Fencing Master and The Dance Instructor Christophe Hüet, from Singeries, ou différentes actions … Continue reading

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Diderot: Modern Arms & Blades, 1765

From the Encyclopédie of Diderot & d’Alembert, 1765.

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Monsieur L’Abbat on Sword Length

If you are considering acquiring a smallsword, then the choice of blade and the overall weapon length merit careful consideration. Smallsword enthusiasts typically use practice épée blades, though they differ significantly from historic examples. Modern épée blades most often used … Continue reading

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Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars

Surviving veterans of the Napoleonic Wars were photographed for the final time circa 1858. Mashable retronaut, Chris Wild has compiled a visually interesting post of surviving veterans photographed in full, original uniform. It is worthy of your attention, and I … Continue reading

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