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Review: Blades of the British Empire

PostPosted: 26 Oct 2012 21:01
by admin
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I can not recommend this book highly enough for anybody interested in reading first hand accounts of hand-to-hand fighting from the 17th-19th centuries. It is a MUST HAVE for any serious HEMA student. This book covers a LOT, describing fighting with swords, sabres, tulwars, baskethilts, bayonets, spears, lances, kukris and a load of other things. It covers the continual thrust vs. cut debate that went on, as well as what happened when European swordsmen met each other, as well as the warriors of Africa and Asia.

This is not fiction, this is the real first hand accounts of people who fought in life and death encounters and survived to tell the tale. If you haven't read any of Kinsley's previous versions YOU NEED TO. If you bought a version quite some time ago then you'll find a lot of new material in this version - including loads of 17th and 18thC Scottish stuff with broadsword and targes, rapiers, smallswords etc.

Basically, BUY IT!

It also comes in other formats (eg. cheap pdf download)

Re: Blades of the British Empire

PostPosted: 28 Oct 2012 21:16
by admin
A little bit more from what I posted to Keith on SFI:

These are essential reading for anyone interested in 17thC and later European martial arts (not just British, not just sabre, not just colonial), and frankly are pretty relevant to all hand to hand combat from any period. If anyone has ever doubted the use of the after-blow rule in tournaments, for example, then they need to read all the examples in Kinsley's book of people getting stuck down after dealing a seemingly conclusive wound on their opponent. Reading all these accounts made me view a lot of things we do in HEMA differently, for example how we thrust with safe simulators that do not penetrate as opposed to what actually happens when you're required to stick a point into someone and then continue to protect yourself afterwards. These accounts have actually coloured how I approach a lot of the material in the treatises.

Re: Blades of the British Empire

PostPosted: 28 Oct 2012 21:36
by the_last_alive
Is this the latest version? Also how much is there on 17C combat?

Re: Blades of the British Empire

PostPosted: 28 Oct 2012 21:52
by admin
About 20 pages.