Irish Swordsmanship

Fencing and Dueling in Eighteenth Century Ireland

Author: Ben Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780999056714

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 500

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This book tells the story of eighteenth century Ireland's most renowned duelists, gladiators, swordsmen, and fencing masters. It also contains a rare fencing treatise, now published again for the first time in more than 230 years, that is the only known original Irish treatment of swordsmanship published in Ireland during the eighteenth century.

Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies

A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff

Author: Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery

Publisher: Blue Snake Books

ISBN: 1583948694

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies is the treatise of Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, a master swordsman who participated in more than fifty duels, fought under twelve flags, battled gangsters, and was constantly involved in the great conflicts and upheavals of his time. This book is the magnum opus of this remarkable and colorful character, originally published in the 1870s as a series of newspaper articles and collected here for the first time. Colonel Monstery presents a unique look into the Victorian-era fighting world, describing styles such as British “purring” (shin-kicking), Welsh jump-kicking, and American rough-and-tumble fighting, and provides illustrated instruction in the art of gentlemanly self-defense with a cane, staff, or one’s bare hands. Fifty rare drawings and photographs from the period illuminate Monstery’s world, while an extensive glossary of terms and an introductory biography of Colonel Monstery—including fascinating details of his many duels as well as his groundbreaking devotion to teaching fencing and self-defense skills to women—update his text to make it accessible and useful to gentlemen and ladies of any era. CONTENTS Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery: The Unknown American Martial Arts Master I. Introduction. II. The Logic of Boxing. III. Standing and Striking. IV. Advancing to Strike and Feinting. V. Simple Parries in Boxing. VI. Parries with Returns. VII. Effective or Counter Parries in Boxing. VIII. Offence and Defense by Evasions. IX. Trips, Grips, and Back-Falls. X. Rules for a Set-to with Gloves. XI. Observations on Natural Weapons. XII. The Use of the Cane. XIII. The Use of the Cane (continued). XIV. The Use of the Staff. XV. The Use of the Staff (continued). Appendix: Monstery's Rules for Contests of Sparring and Fencing Glossary From the Hardcover edition.

Highland Martial Culture

The Fightin Heritage of Scotland

Author: Christopher Scott Thompson

Publisher: Paladin Press

ISBN: 9781581606928

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 124

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The revival of interest in historical Western martial arts has focused a great deal of attention on the weapons of Scotland, especially of the Highlanders. Yet, despite all this enthusiasm for the martial arts of the Highland, few of those practicing have experienced genuine Gaelic culture - and without a cultural context, no practice of martial arts can be considered complete. Highland Martial Culture examines the nature of the Gaelic warrior class and its martial training; the Gaelic duel and how it differed from the duel in continental Europe; the phenomenon of wandering swordsmen in Highland society; the Highland conception of honor; internal aspects of martial arts practice such as mental tricks, traditional charms and spells used in warfare; unusual skills such as the fast draw; and health practices associated with the warrior class. This is your chance to find out more about the rich cultural heritage associated with the practice of Highland weapons.

The Way to Black Belt

A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results

Author: Lawrence A. Kane

Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.

ISBN: 1594391491

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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Earning a black belt can be the most rewarding experience of one’s lifetime. Getting there takes considerable planning. Whether your interests are in the classical styles of Asia or today’s Mixed Martial Arts, this book prepares you for the challenge. Whatever your age, whatever your gender, you will benefit from the wisdom of master martial artists from around the globe who share more than 300 years of personal training experiences. Benefit from their guidance during your development into a first-class black belt. Featuring... • Iain Abernethy • Dan Anderson • Loren Christensen • Jeff Cooper • Wim Demeere • Aaron Fields • Lawrence Kane • Rory Miller • Martina Sprague • Phillip Starr • Jeff Stevens • Kris Wilder ...and many more. Packed with actionable information, this book will teach you how to set goals, find a good instructor, monitor your progress, overcome plateaus in your training, take advantage of every learning opportunity, and work through the inevitable injuries that come with rigorous martial arts training. Putting your skills to the test at each developmental stage of your training requires a certain mental ‘clarity.’ The authors examine what this means, how to find it, and how to make sure that when the time comes you are 100% prepared. If you are serious about your martial arts training, The Way to Black Belt will arm you with the information you need to swiftly become a highly skilled, well-qualified black belt.

Broad-sword and Single-stick

With Chapters on Quarter-staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, ... and Other Weapons of Self-defence

Author: Rowland George Allanson-Winn Baron Headley,C. P. Wolley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fencing

Page: 116

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A History of the Redhead

Author: Jacky Colliss Harvey

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

ISBN: 1603764038

Category: History

Page: 320

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RED is a brilliantly told, captivating history of red hair throughout the ages. A book that breaks new ground, dispels myths, and reinforces the special nature of being a redhead, with a look at multiple disciplines, including science, religion, politics, feminism and sexuality, literature, and art. With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling, author Jacky Colliss Harvey (herself a redhead) begins her exploration of red hair in prehistory and traces the redhead gene as it made its way out of Africa with the early human diaspora to its emergence under Northern skies. She goes on to explore red hair in the ancient world; the prejudice manifested against red hair across medieval Europe; red hair during the Renaissance as both an indicator of Jewishness during the Inquisition and the height of fashion in Protestant England, under the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I; the modern age of art and literature, and the first positive symbols of red hair in children's characters; modern medicine and science and the genetic and chemical decoding of red hair; and finally, red hair in contemporary culture, from advertising and exploitation to "gingerism"and the new movement against bullying.

The Duel in European History

Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy

Author: Victor Kiernan

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783608412

Category: History

Page: 368

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For centuries, duelling played an integral role in the preservation of the aristocratic order in Europe, defying attempts by both church and state to ban the practice. Moreover, the romance and drama of the duel has made it an enduring fixture in films, literature, and the theatre. In The Duel in European History, renowned historian Victor Kiernan writes with his characteristic wit and insight of duelling's evolution from its medieval origins – when it was regarded as a badge of rank - to the early twentieth century, by which time it was seen as an irrational anachronism. In doing so, he shows how the duelling tradition was something unique to Europe and its colonies, and, in its contribution to the development of the officer corps, played a key part in shaping European military power. Drawing on a vast range of historical and cultural sources, this is the definitive account of a violent ritual that continues to fascinate even today.

Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide

An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen

Author: Alexander Bennett

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462920071

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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Part Samurai history, part martial arts guide, this is THE book for anyone interested in Japan's fabled Samurai culture. Author Alexander Bennett is the ultimate insider, holding multiple black belts in Kendo and Naginata as well as a Ph.D. in Japanese literature and history. In this book, he shares his vast personal experience and knowledge with readers seeking to undertake their own personal quest in the Japanese martial arts. Bennett outlines the history of Bushido and the Japanese Samurai from early times up until the present. Then, as only someone steeped in this world can, he surveys the contemporary martial arts scene and provides the essential knowledge young foreigners need to find a teacher and learn a martial art successfully in Japan. Unlike any other book on this subject, Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide is written by a Japanese speaker who has studied and taught martial arts in Japan for many decades. Chapters include: The Real Samurai The Concept of Bushido Development of the Japanese Martial Arts Martial Arts Masters You Should Know About Budo in Japan Today Key Martial Arts Concepts Life in a Japanese Dojo A Japan Survival Guide Written in a down-to-earth and easy-to-read style, this book will captivate anyone interested in Japan as well as martial arts teachers and practitioners around the world.

Kazan on Directing

Author: Elia Kazan

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307271412

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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Elia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work. Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered the “spine,” or core, of each script; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; and how he determined the specifics of his production. And in the final section, “The Pleasures of Directing”—written during Kazan’s final years—he becomes a wise old pro offering advice and insight for budding artists, writers, actors, and directors. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Swords and Swordsmen

Author: Mike Loades

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781848841338

Category: History

Page: 494

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Swords and Swordsmen chronicles the major developments in the sword's design, manufacture and use from Ancient Egypt to the American Civil War. Author Mike Loades traces the history of the sword in war and the evolution of the private duel. The book takes certain surviving swords as landmarks on this journey of discovery. Each can be linked to a specific individual, allowing each sword to be discussed in the social and military context of its time and forming the starting point for detours through other types of sword and contemporary developments in their design, manufacture and use. From Tutankhamun to General Custer, and including a chapter on the legendary samurai Uesugi Kenshin, this book charts the lives of warriors from many ages and cultures; men whose lives often depended on their skill with the sword. Illustrated with line drawings (many derived from old fight manuals) and dozens of photographs of surviving swords, Swords and Swordsmen celebrates these weapons as iconic works of art and powerful cultural symbols as well as examining the lethal practicality of their sue.

The Black Moth

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402228120

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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"Stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty." ?Margaret Drabble A disgraced lord, a notorious highwayman Jack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyndam, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honor for that of his brother when he was accused of cheating at cards. Now Jack is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman. And the beauty who would steal his heart Not long after Jack's return, he encounters his old adversary, the libertine Duke of Andover, attempting the abduction of the beautiful Diana Beauleigh. At the point of Jack's sword, the duke is vanquished, but foiled once, the "Black Moth" has no intention of failing again? This is Georgette Heyer's first novel?a favorite of readers and a stirring tale to be enjoyed again and again. "A tale of love and adventure, clearness and charm, and an originality to delight?a tale to stir one's blood." BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT "A romance of the eighteenth century, with a wicked Duke, self-sacrificing elder brother, weak younger brother, highwayman, gambling, abduction, and rescue all complete." THE SATURDAY REVIEW "A well-filled story which keeps the reader pleased." THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." KATIE FFORDE

The Flower of Battle

MS Ludwig Xv13

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984771684


Page: 112

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The Flower of Battle is Colin Hatcher's translation of Fiore dei Liberi's art of combat from the early 15th century. The work included high-resolution images and English text laid out in the manner of the original.

Cold Steel

The Art of Fencing with the Sabre

Author: Alfred Hutton

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486141101

Category: History

Page: 208

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DIVThis 1889 classic by a pioneer of modern fencing offers both technical and historical views of the art of the sabre. Topics include a variety of different strokes and parries, and associated weapons. 55 illustrations. /div

Creating Minds

An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi

Author: Howard Gardner

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: 0465027741

Category: Education

Page: 436

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The man who revolutionized our understanding of intelligence now gives us a pathbreaking view of creativity, along with riveting portraits of seven figures who each reinvented an area of human endeavor. Understanding their diverse achievements not only sheds light on the nature of creativity but also elucidates the ?modern era”?the times that formed them and that they in turn helped to define.

The Secret History of the Sword

Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts

Author: J. Christoph Amberger

Publisher: Multi-Media Communications Network

ISBN: 9781892515049

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 281

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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.