Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels. But it’s also one of the great sources of historical irony. The War of 1812 created one such irony, as far as the classical canon of fencing literature is concerned.
This one is quite complex, as indeed anything should be that manages to connect personages as diverse as a prominent member of the Boston Tea Party, Mad King George, the Hessian mercenaries—and the ubiquitous fencing master dynasty of the Angelos in a game that makes the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look as one-dimensional as a Partridge Family reunion special… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, American martial arts, Antiquarian Books, fencing, Foil, Saber, Sword Fighting, Uncategorized
Tagged american swordplay, cavalry saber, henry angelo, military saber
From the late 1600’s until the first decade of the 20th century, the Kreußler method of thrust fencing dominated the use of the foil and “Rappier”. Here are four representative varieties of the weapons used…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, fencing, Foil, rapier, Rapier, smallsword, Sword Fighting, Uncategorized
Tagged deutsche Stoßfechtschule, Foil, German thrust fencing, kreußler, kreussler, Rappier, Rappir
He may’ve been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Jena students’ thrust duel with the elongated “wälsche Banditendolch“—the “Frog” bandit dagger, as his colleague from the philosophical faculty, Dr. Scheidler, called the disgraceful French dueling sword.
But F.A.W.L. Roux continued to teach Kreußlerian thrust fencing with the “Rappier” way into the second half of the 19th century—both as a healthy exercise and part of the German Turnkunst, and as a practical martial art for military men.
Included in his repertoire were some disarms and throws that few of his colleagues ever bothered mentioning in print… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Antiquarian Books, Epee, fencing, Foil, Library
Tagged disarm, FAWL Roux, german school of fencing, jena, kreussler'sche stossfechtschule, throw
One of the leading search terms that brings novice FencingClassics readers to our site is “topless fencing”.
And since we thrive on giving people what they want, we’re happy to oblige… with images of duels between women in various stages of dress and undress… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, fencing art, Foil, Images
Tagged 19th-century duel, 19th-century fencing, 19th-century photography, amberger collection, art photography, bayard, cabinet cards, epee fencing, female duel, female fencing, foil fencing, nude duel, nude fencing, nude women fencing, woman fencers
He managed to escape being turned into shell casings in World War I. Melted down for war reparations during the Weimar Republic. He dodged the Nazi leveling of Breslau in 1945, and the Red Army’s knocking over what was left.
And since he ended up behind the Iron Curtain, in a different country, he even escaped the politically correct B.S. that imprints modern Germany…
FencingClassics bids a fond farewell to an old mentor, friend, and adviser:
On December 10, 2011, one of the great fencing masters, scholars, and authors of the 20th century, Maestro William M. Gaugler, died of cancer in Sunnyvale, California.
We appreciate what you’ve done for us… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, Fencers Magazine, fencing, Foil, Saber
Tagged bill gaugler, italian school of fencing, Science of fencing, scienza della scherma, william gaugler
The Talking Camel is a writers’ site that Secret Archives Press is trying to get off the ground.
Since we’re not exactly fighting ’em off right now, we’ve recycled an elderly article that ran maybe 10 years ago in FQM. Possibly, you still might enjoy it.
Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels. But it’s also one of the great sources of historical irony. The War of 1812 created one such irony, as far as the canon of classical fencing literature is concerned.
This one is quite complex, as indeed anything should be that manages to connect personages as diverse as a prominent member of the Boston Tea Party, Mad King George, the Hessian mercenaries—and the ubiquitous fencing master dynasty of the Angelos in a game that makes the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look as one-dimensional as a Partridge Family reunion special…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, fencing, Foil, Saber, smallsword
Tagged amberger, american fencing, fencing, henry angelo, revolutionary war, us military fencing
Some of the British fencing master dynasties left behind more than books and instructional manuals.
The Rolands, for example, supplied us with this exceedingly rare leather-hilted foil…
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Foil
Tagged amateur of fencing, amberger, angelo dynastie, edinburgh fencing, fencing masters, Foil, foil fencing, george roland, joseph roland, tremamondo
Thanks to the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland can claim a number of famous fencing masters who left instructional manuals to posterity. One of them was the Belgian Antoine J. Corbesier. He may not have been original. But he was influential enough to have a couple of ships named after him.
Includes link to FREE, complete text of his Broadsword Exercise! Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Cutlass, fencing, Foil, singlestick
Tagged broadsword, corbesier, cordelois, Cutlass, foil fencing, naval academie, naval fencing
Running a successful fencing club takes strategic thinking. Especially if you’ve built your business on your reputation as a fencing champion. After all, champions are not self-appointed but made—by meeting challengers.
The Angelos had first-hand experience in this. And Henry Angelo seems to have been good at playing his opponents… Continue reading
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Tagged 18th century fencing, 18th century scoring, amberger, domenico angelo, foil fencing, henry angelo, London fencing masters, School of Fencing, secret history of the sword