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.
John Michael gives an overview of the book:
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...