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
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
Posted in 18th Century, fencing, Foil, smallsword
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
Rob Roy, here we come
The two specialties of the House of Angelo…