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    This reminds me of a passage from Paradoxes of...

    This reminds me of a passage from Paradoxes of Defense:



    As far as tournaments go, I'll again note that Silver expected fencing instructors to fight a whole bunch of people without ever taking...
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    It's worth noting that Silver's proposed...

    It's worth noting that Silver's proposed qualification exam for fencing instructors requires them to not get hit *at all* over the course of "three bouts apiece with three of the best English masters...
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    As far as double hits go, various historical...

    As far as double hits go, various historical manuals - Meyer, for example - list them as common. In the English tradition, at least, they're used as a pejorative. Silver criticized Italian rapier...
  4. FS: Vladimir Cervenka Shell Hilt Backsword and Dagger

    Asking $600 shipped within continental United States. Used for some light cutting (pumpkins and water bottles). The sword and dagger are in as good condition today as when I bought them about five...
  5. Wow! After watching that video I have a better...

    Wow! After watching that video I have a better understanding of a line from Fourquevaux. When explaining why he preferred archers and crossbowmen to gunners, he wrote that, under an close-range...
  6. Certainly the former. While I see the ambiguity...

    Certainly the former. While I see the ambiguity in the text, the practical implications of not being able to step while attacking are just too problematic.
  7. That's exactly the scenario Paradox 4 mocks. I'm...

    That's exactly the scenario Paradox 4 mocks. I'm certain Silver didn't envision his men of perfect skill fighting the same way as the rapier-men he criticizes. Consider, for example, how he wanted...
  8. Silver definitely did not advocate only...

    Silver definitely did not advocate only defending. Paradox 8, partially quoted earlier, ridicules the idea that the defender has the advantage. Similarly, 7 suggests that a skillful man would be...
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    I have tried that technique from Meyer with...

    I have tried that technique from Meyer with padded sword and spear simulators. It worked better than anything else we came up with, but my sparring partner and I were struck by the difficulty of...
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    For the record, I'd like to note that George...

    For the record, I'd like to note that George Silver gave the longsword odds over the sword and target. He doesn't give any specific advice for this fight, and he may have been wrong, but the opinion...
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    Silver, Meyer, di Grassi all wrote on how to...

    Silver, Meyer, di Grassi all wrote on how to fence with pikes of battlefield length. Silver specifically noted that his morris pike was eighteen feet. He wanted you to give one-handed thrusts with...
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    Additionally, di Grassi wrote about using a...

    Additionally, di Grassi wrote about using a partisan to chop pike shafts.



    Raymond de Beccarie de Pavie, sieur de Fourquevaux. He wrote Instructions sur le fait de la guerre in 1548, a military...
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    Several inches in diameter? I strongly doubt...

    Several inches in diameter? I strongly doubt that. Such a pike would be impossible to wield. More like a single inch, perhaps a bit more or less.

    Fourquevaux considered targetiers cutting pikes a...
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    I guess that depends on the batter. Power hitters...

    I guess that depends on the batter. Power hitters can send a ball pitched at 90+ mph back at 110-120 mph. In this case, the batted ball alone has around 180 J. The swing had to counter the ball's...
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    They look nearly identical in many 16th-century...

    They look nearly identical in many 16th-century documents. The short s resembles neither. Sure, if you want the text to appear completely different, use a short s for a long s.



    Yes, he did:...
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    While I don't know anything about indestructible...

    While I don't know anything about indestructible shields, I stand by what I posted earlier. (What manual talks about destroying the shield? Silver suggested a mighty blow might power through a ward...
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    It's Sir John Smythe, the famous 16th-century...

    It's Sir John Smythe, the famous 16th-century advocate of the longbow. Early English Books Online has a few of his works. It's a wonderful site. I wish I still had access to it.
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    Not one that looks like that, no. The correct...

    Not one that looks like that, no. The correct character would be a long s. There's probably some code to produce it here, but I don't know it. I wouldn't transcribe "&" as "and", even though the...
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    What do you suggest? I think that way best...

    What do you suggest? I think that way best captures the look of the original text. Should I upload the .pdf instead? I don't know how to produce the correct character here. (And it would look nearly...
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    That's 16th-century English. You know, I expected...

    That's 16th-century English. You know, I expected a more serious response from the famous Tom Leoni. :p Stunning insight from the Italian masters or whatnot. But no, instead you're poking fun at poor...
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    I don't know of too much, though I can tell you...

    I don't know of too much, though I can tell you that situation came up regularly for pikemen. They were expected to drop pikes and draw swords in the press. Smythe gave a little advice. He wrote:

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    Is there any textual backing for this statement?...

    Is there any textual backing for this statement? Remember that Silver gave the longsword odds. Giving great advantage to the sword and shield directly contradicts a historical master. If the sword...
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    Odd, as Silver stressed continual motion above...

    Odd, as Silver stressed continual motion above all else for the dagger fight. I guess they are two completely different systems. From my limited experience, sniping as Silver suggests does work best...
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    The taiaha defeating the sword would be entirely...

    The taiaha defeating the sword would be entirely consistent with the hierarchy of weapons given by various period masters. A staff wielded in two hands has considerable advantages over a blade...
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    Well, the Spanish famously used live Amerindians...

    Well, the Spanish famously used live Amerindians for cutting practice. As de Las Casas wrote, "They would often lay wagers who should with most dexterity either cleave or cut a man in the middle, or...
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