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Academy of the Sword
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The first English translation of the most extensive treatise on swordsmanship ever written, Academie de l'Espee (1630) by the famous 17th century swordmaster Gerard Thibault, Academy of the Sword reveals an unexpected dimension of Western martial arts - a complete and highly effective system of rapier fencing based entirely on the mystical geometries of Renaissance Pythagoreanism. Illustrated with reproductions of the stunning original copperplate engravings, this text details the philosophy and practice of a western martial art as spiritually rich as any of the traditions of the east.
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The first English translation of the most extensive treatise on swordsmanship ever written, Academie de l'Espee (1630) by the famous 17th century swordmaster Gerard Thibault, Academy of the Sword reveals an unexpected dimension of Western martial arts - a complete and highly effective system of rapier fencing based entirely on the mystical geometries of Renaissance Pythagoreanism. Illustrated with reproductions of the stunning original copperplate engravings, this text details the philosophy and practice of a western martial art as spiritually rich as any of the traditions of the east.

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About John Michael

Born in the gritty Navy town of Bremerton, Washington and raised in the south Seattle suburbs, I began writing about as soon as I could hold a pencil. SF editor George Scithers' dictum that all would-be writers have a million words of so of bad prose in them, and have to...

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Published Reviews

Jun.10.2008

All in all this book is well worth investing in if you have an interest in ritual magick and in the dynamics of a working magickal group.

Jun.10.2008

John Michael Greer offers material that more resembles “second wave” druidry from the 18th and 19th century, with a blend of Celtic-flavored nature religion, and ceremonial/ritual magic. And it’s a great...

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Feb.13.2009
This translation was nearly 10 years in the works and eagerly anticipated by the historical fencing community. John Michael Greer's understanding of...