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New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby KeithFarrell » 02 Feb 2016 11:42

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In the second half of the seventeenth century, the rapier commonly became lighter and shorter, with a smaller hilt, and eventually developed into the smallsword, also known as the court sword. Often, this development is associated with France, and the court of its King, Louis XIV.

It is to this King that La Touche boldly dedicated his treatise, Les Vrays Principes de l'Espée seule, in 1670, and it is this treatise that could be seen as the first work to show how fencing evolved to accommodate the changing weapon.

In this work, Reinier van Noort and Antoine Coudre present the first ever English translation of La Touche's Vrays Principes, providing a fascinating view on the development of fencing in France at a time when the rapier gave way to the smallsword.

Reinier van Noort is a martial artist and researcher who has practised HEMA since 2005, focusing mainly on rapier fencing. He has published a number of translations of fencing treatises, including Of the Single Rapier, Lesson on the Thrust, and Swordplay.

Antoine Coudre is a historian who has worked as Researcher in the History department at the Centre des Hatues Études de l'Armement. He has been a martial artist since 1998, and started practising HEMA in 2009. His focus is on smallsword, rapier, and polearms.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Philibert, Sr. de la Touche
- Translators: Reinier van Noort, Antoine Coudre
- Editor: Keith Farrell
- Illustrators: Reinier van Noort, Tod Glenn
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 11th January 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9934216-0-0
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 141
- Height: 17.78 cm
- Width: 22.86 cm
- Language: English

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Re: New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby MEversbergII » 03 Feb 2016 14:57

My copy's in the mail; with any luck, I'll have it by the weekend.

I can't really lunge like the guys on the cover, so if that's how De La Touche likes it, I can't really be his student, BUT it'll be an interesting read none the less.

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The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
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With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby KeithFarrell » 03 Feb 2016 15:09

Please let us know what you think of it once you have had a chance to read it through!
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Re: New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby fullplate » 03 Feb 2016 15:30

Keith any sign of Carlos book?
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Re: New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby KeithFarrell » 03 Feb 2016 15:34

fullplate wrote:Keith any sign of Carlos book?


I have been fixing the images, and sent away for the second proof copy at the weekend. I expect it should be waiting for me to return from the Dreynevent next week, and I don't envisage that there will be any further edits required - so if everything goes to plan, I will buy in the stock copies next week once I approve the proof copy. Then as soon as the stock copies arrive in Glasgow, I'll post them out to people who have placed pre-orders.
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Re: New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby fullplate » 03 Feb 2016 20:09

Thanks Keith, looking forward to this
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Re: New publication: The True Principles of the Single Sword

Postby MEversbergII » 04 Feb 2016 00:49

I'd not known Carlos was publishing as well! We really do have quite a collection of fine scholar-swordsmen here.

When the book arrives I'll start reading on it. It may be a while before I finish, though, as I've been pulling many long nights at the office, which disrupts everything else outside of work. Actually still got some books in the Q I really need to wrap up first!

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The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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