New publication: The Expert Sword-Man's Companion, 1728

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New publication: The Expert Sword-Man's Companion, 1728

Postby KeithFarrell » 15 Jan 2015 20:12


It is with joy that I can announce the publication of "The Expert Sword-Man's Companion, 1728" by Ben Kerr. This is a reproduction of Donald McBane's famous book, giving his life story as well as several treatises on fencing with different weapons, and on the art of gunnerie.

Pre-orders are now available through the Corsair's Wares online shop. A box of copies has been ordered, and as soon as it arrives, we will distribute the copies that have been reserved for people who have placed their pre-orders. Hopefully it will not be much more than a week or so until the books are printed, sent, and reach us in Glasgow.

"Thanks be to GOD, my En'mies I don't Fear;
Who was so oft embroil'd in Bloody Wars,
Indent as 'twere and Carry'd with Cuts and Scars;
Which Fortune seem'd to favour and o'er look,
That I might serve you with this Little Book."

A story so incredible, it was believed to be historical fiction. Donald McBane is a figure from history much loved by those who have had the joy of studying his autobiography. Growing up in Inverness and later joining the British regiments, McBane travelled across Europe pimping, duelling, blowing himself up, and performing other incredible feats of a not always admirable nature. The last we hear of him is when he comes out of his retirement in his fifties to fight one last bout in Edinburgh against an uppity Irish youngster, where he defeated his opponent and walked off with barely a scratch himself. Yet for all his heroic and sometimes crazy actions, he is remembered only for a single act of cowardice on maps marked as the "Soldier's Leap".

This is a highly accurate reproduction of McBane's original work from 1728, created by the historian Ben Kerr. It features reproductions of all the original image plates as well as a full and accurate transcription of McBane's original text including his teaching on self-defence, an account of his life and adventures and the art of gunnerie.

Ben Kerr is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts. He is a professional historian with a specialisation in the Scottish martial traditions and battlefield arts. Along with his study of HEMA, Ben is an experienced heritage craftsman and his work has been featured in Glasgow's Burrell Collection. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2012.

Ben is the creator of the facsimiles for The Art of Defence on Foot, 1798 and The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword, 1799.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Donald McBane
- Facsimile Creator: Ben Kerr
- Facsimile Editor: Keith Farrell
- Facsimile Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 1st January 2015
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-5-0
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 218
- Height: 22.86 cm
- Width: 15.24 cm
- Language: English

Available to purchase through the Corsair's Wares online store.
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Re: New publication: The Expert Sword-Man's Companion, 1728

Postby liampboyle » 20 Jan 2015 18:29

Mr. Farrell. :) Quit publishing so fast, my budget can't keep up with the number of books I need to order from you :) -- The Hurstbourne Acres Sword Club -- Support the Hurstbourne Acres Sword Club
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