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    Talking My library

    Well since I think this is such a good idea, I might as well submit for your perusal my humble collection.

    "Swordfighting a manual for actor and directors"
    Ducklin and Waller

    "Swashbuckling"
    Lane

    "Methods and practice of Elizabethan swordplay"
    Martinez

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    "Practice of Arms"
    F. Bruan McAsh

    "Rapier for stage and screen"

    "Broadsword for stage and screen"
    Anthony DeLongis

    Please feel free to comment on any of this or please list any additions you recommend.
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    Methods and Practice is Craig Turner and Tony Soper. It was one of the first books I bought as availability of things you could buy with historical data in them at the time was very limited. Most of the standards were out of print and only listed as referneces in other books. Craig and Tony's bibliography is how I managed to find many of my historical swordplay texts.

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    A few things I'd add:

    Fight Directing for the Theatre. Suddeth. Good reference.

    Hobbs' book along the same lines (forget the title...): Good anecdotes, but that's about all. Short, light read.

    Methods & Practice I have but wouldn't really reccomend. There's much better stuff out there these days.

    Tallhoffer translation by Mark Rector; Great for inspiration, never really intended to be a complete instruction manual

    Secret History of the Sword, By Amberger.
    Great anecdotes, good (if not very focused) reference.

    Secrets of Medieval German Swordsmanship, Christian Tobler. Good stuff, but only if you can work through it with someone.

    English Martial Arts, Terry Brown. Good reference into Silver and others along those lines.

    Lots of arms & armor & costume reference books.
    Freelance hack... and slash... and thrust...

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    Thanx!! I have seen "Methods and Practice".
    Kevin, On my list of "to get soon..." is Suddeth's book as well as Dale Girards "Actors on Guard". of course I fully admit to being in love with Hobbes (in a very masculine way ), so any book by him I drool over.
    Do you know the title of Paddy Crean's book? Something about wine and roses?? I don't believe it has much specifically to do with Fight direction per se. However the anectdotes alone will be worth the price of admission.
    Chivalry bookshelf has a number of books that call out my name also.
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    My Personal Library

    Filipino Martial Arts by Dan Inosanto
    Fight Direction for Stage and Screen by William Hobbs
    Fencing by Muriel Bower and Torao Mori

    I find the book by Hobbs to be highly underrated. Many people seem disappointed in it as being too unfocused or pass it off as merely annecdotal in nature. It contains far more kernels of invaluable information and inspiration than any other book I've read on the subject. Just my two cents.

    Mario
    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

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    OH Dannnny booyyy! That falls under my Martial arts want list library which is very interchangeable. I admit however to having not heard of Bower and Mori's "Fencing".
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    Thumbs up Just recieved "Of Paces"

    Payson Burt's handbook on "on line and off line footwork" is now in my grubby little fingers and I'm drooling over every page. (porno for swordfiends!) Tommorow I start drilling with my brother some of his techniques. It's good to have a built in sparring partner.
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    Also

    All of the above are great suggestions - though I admit to having heard of a few of the stage combat specific books here for the first time.

    "art and History of Personal Combat" is a must have in my opinion. More valuable to the stage combatant than Anglo's "The Martial Arts of Ren. Europe" in my opinion. I at one time found the discussion in "Art and History" of shakespeare's fight scenes enlightening.

    Also Edgarton Castle's book is usefull if a bit dated and opinionated.

    I also recommend if you are doing rapier work. Thibault - translated by John Michael Greer. DiGrassi and Saviolo.



    Just my two cents.

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    Thanx fer th' suggestions!! I really appreciate it. I figure I need all th' help I can get!
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