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Postby KeithFarrell » 12 Nov 2014 14:21

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The mission of Fallen Rook Publishing is to provide a professional publishing service to people who would like to share their valuable skills, information, translations and research with the community at large.

We believe that it is considerably better to produce quality publications that have been supported by a strong editing process than for the market to be swamped by poorly edited and poorly constructed self-publications, and so we want to make it as easy as possible for people to access the editing skills of our team.

Our intention is to create a strong brand name for Fallen Rook Publishing, so that it becomes a mark of quality in the community. We want people to know that our publications will contain well researched and well developed material that can be trusted.

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Re: Fallen Rook Publishing

Postby KeithFarrell » 12 Nov 2014 14:23

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This book compiles the research into the subject of the Liechtenauer tradition (and its outliers) from the past three years. It is an excellent study guide for people who have learned the system from their instructors and who would like to put their knowledge into the context of the historical sources. Students with advanced skill sets and assistant instructors will find this book particularly valuable.

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors of the Academy of Historical Arts, and teaches regularly at international events.

Alex Bourdas is one of the instructors within the Academy of Historical Arts. His studies focus primarily on the Kunst des Fechtens.

Book Details:
- Authors: Keith Farrell and Alex Bourdas
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 28th August 2013
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-0-5
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 132
- Height: 22.86 cm
- Width: 15.24 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 12 Nov 2014 14:24

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This book is an introduction to the history, use and context of the Scottish basket-hilted broadsword. As part of the Academy of Historical Arts Study Guide series, it is intended to serve as a study guide for practitioners of historical fencing who work with this weapon, or who would like to begin learning its style. Instructors will also find it helpful as it provides plenty of contextual information to use for illustrating lessons, and anecdotes to help students engage with the system.

Contained within is all the information required for self-study of two fascinating disciplines, Scottish broadsword and British singlestick, with salient points for study for people who do not have the luxury of regular access to a teacher. For practitioners who do receive regular tuition, this book will not replace input from your teacher, but will instead supplement it and offer a greater awareness and understanding of the context of the art that you study.

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He is the co-author of the AHA German Longsword Study Guide and has been a member of HEMAC since 2011.

Book Details:
- Author: Keith Farrell
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 20th October 2014
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-1-2
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 354
- Height: 22.86 cm
- Width: 15.24 cm
- Language: English

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Re: Fallen Rook Publishing

Postby KeithFarrell » 12 Nov 2014 14:32

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In 1664, Jéann Daniel L'Ange published the Deutliche und gründliche Erklärung der adelichen und ritterlichen freyen Fecht-Kunst in Heidelberg, Germany. This was one of the first concise and systematic treatises on the typically German style of rapier fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris and his German students. L'Ange presents his personal point of view on this fencing style, which includes a rather large selection of brutal grappling moves.

This first English translation of L'Ange's treatise, made by Reinier van Noort and published exactly 350 years after the original edition, provides a fascinating viewpoint on a fencing style that is underrepresented in the modern studies on historical martial arts. In this translation, Jéann Daniel L'Ange's view on fencing is presented in a way that is both close to the original, and clearly understandable by a modern reader. Meticulously cleaned scans of the 61 page size plates from the original treatise are also included.

Reinier van Noort has been researching and teaching rapier fencing since 2010, focusing mainly on the single rapier as used in the Netherlands and Germany in the late 17th century. He has translated the anonymous Vechtboek (UBL BPL 3281), Johann Georg Pascha's Kurtze iedoch Deutliche Beschribung handlend von Fechten auff den Stoß und Hieb, and more. Reinier has been a member of HEMAC since 2010.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Jéann Daniel L'Ange
- Translator: Reinier van Noort
- Editors: Harald Rotter, Keith Farrell
- Illustrator: Ivan Čurić - Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 11th November 2014
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-4-3
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 156
- Height: 17.78 cm
- Width: 22.86 cm
- Language: English

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Re: Fallen Rook Publishing

Postby KeithFarrell » 12 Nov 2014 14:43

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In 1798, Charles Roworth published his first edition of The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broadsword and Sabre, uniting the Scotch and Austrian methods into one Regular System. Although not a fencing master himself, Roworth's book provides an easy-to-follow system for a student of the broadsword or sabre. His instructions are clear and presume no prior knowledge of the sword; the book works well for beginners, yet even experienced swordsmen will benefit from Roworth's explanations of and rationales for techniques.

This facsimile has been recreated from the original treatise owned by the Academy of Historical Arts in Glasgow. Each page has been photographed carefully and edited to provide an exacting reproduction of the highest quality. Additionally, the work includes a biography of Charles Roworth by Keith Farrell, and a brief essay by Ben Kerr on the Long-S character found within the original printed text.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Charles Roworth
- Facsimile Creator: Ben Kerr
- Facsimile Editor: Keith Farrell
- Facsimile Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 14th October 2014
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-2-9
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 148
- Height: 21.2 cm
- Width: 15 cm
- Language: English

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In 1798, Henry Angelo, a member of famed Angelo dynasty of sword masters, published Hungarian and Highland Broadsword, twenty-four plates designed by Thomas Rowlandson. This was a collection of 24 posters illustrating guards, defences and striking techniques for a man on foot or on horseback. In fact, only five of the 24 posters dealt with men on foot; the remaining 19 posters illustrated the use of the sword when mounted. The following year, in 1799, he published a poster called The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword, in which he set out his "10 lessons" (sometimes called the "10 divisions"), a set of sequences with which the Army regiments could drill and learn the system.

This facsimile has been recreated from the collection original posters owned by the Academy of Historical Arts in Glasgow. Each poster has been photographed carefully and edited to provide an exacting reproduction of the highest quality. The larger poster of 10 lessons has been provided in its original form, and also broken up to demonstrate the lessons on individual pages with higher resolution. Additionally, the work includes a brief biography by Keith Farrell of the Angelo Dynasty, their schools and their publications.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Henry Angelo & Son
- Original Illustrator: Thomas Rowlandson
- Facsimile Creator: Ben Kerr
- Facsimile Editor: Keith Farrell
- Facsimile Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 17th October 2014
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-3-6
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 60
- Height: 17.9 cm
- Width: 23 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 15 Jan 2015 20:09

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"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

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Postby KeithFarrell » 02 Mar 2015 12:40

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Celebrating four years of Encased in Steel.

The writing team behind the Encased in Steel blog (Keith Farrell, Alex Bourdas and Ben Kerr, with guest author Benjamin Hawkins) have compiled some of the best articles from the last four years into the first Encased in Steel anthology. The articles have been edited heavily and updated significantly, to ensure a high quality of both scholarship and written language. Some new and unique articles have been written specifically for this volume, that are not available on the blog.

The book is divided into five thematic parts, each dealing with a different element of the study of historical European martial arts. Topics include chivalry, history and research, studies of weapons, test cutting, and practical concerns.

Suitable for anyone with an interest in European history!

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011.

Book Details:
- Volume Editor: Keith Farrell
- Article Author: Keith Farrell
- Article Author: Alex Bourdas
- Article Author: Ben Kerr
- Article Author: Benjamin Hawkins
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 2nd March 2015
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-6-7
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 209
- Height: 22.86 cm
- Width: 15.24 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 14 Apr 2015 15:31

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Ten years after the 1715 Jacobite uprising, General Wade came to the Highlands with the mission to pacify the clans and uphold the law. On the command of King George I, he raised six independent Highland Companies, which were known as the "Black Watch" or "Reicudan Dhu". Within half a century of its inception, the regiment had become well-known and respected for its bravery and skill at arms, and there were many stories of their valiant efforts in battle.

Legends of the Black Watch, first published in 1859, recounts such stories vividly. The tales within this book show the bravery, leadership, and martial skill with which the soldiers and officers of the Black Watch faced their foes with musket and broadsword, as they fought throughout Europe and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The stories serve not only as a record of the legends of the regiment, but also show the mindset and beliefs of the Scottish people during this time period.

The descriptions of battles and individual armed encounters will be of interest to students of European martial arts and historical fencing methods, and will be delightful to readers who seek riveting action scenes!

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011.

Book Details:
- Original Author: James Grant
- Reproduction Editor: Keith Farrell
- Reproduction Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 12th April 2015
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-7-4
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 252
- Height: 21 cm
- Width: 14.8 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 24 Jul 2015 16:31

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In 1671, Johannes Georgius Bruchius published the Grondige Beschryvinge van de Edele ende Ridderlijcke Scherm- ofte Wapen-Konste in Leiden, in the Netherlands. In his work, Bruchius described a style of rapier fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris. He presents this style through a brief explanation of the principles of fencing followed by 212 lessons.

Bruchius' weapon was the rapier: a dangerous yet elegant sword of the 17th century. Its usage was dynamic and effective, with a focus on personal safety through controlling the opponent's blade. Not only does this treatise discuss bladework by way of thrusts and parries, Bruchius teaches grappling and disarming techniques, and provides many solutions to common problems that occur during fencing practice.

Reinier van Noort first made a draft English translation of Bruchius' treatise available in 2009. In this new book, he presents his fully reworked and improved English translation of this important treatise, along with a detailed biographical study on the fencing master Bruchius.

Reinier van Noort has been researching and teaching rapier fencing since 2010, focusing mainly on the single rapier as used in the Netherlands and Germany in the late 17th century. He has translated the anonymous Vechtboek (UBL BPL 3281), Jéann Daniel L'Ange's Deutliche und gründliche Erklärung der adelichen und ritterlichen freyen Fecht-Kunst, Johann Georg Pascha's Kurtze iedoch Deutliche Beschribung handlend von Fechten auff den Stoß und Hieb, and more. Reinier has been a member of HEMAC since 2010. He received a Best Researcher Award at the 2014 HEMA Scholar Awards.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Johannes Georgius Bruchius
- Translator: Reinier van Noort
- Editors: Alwin Goethals, Keith Farrell
- Illustrators: Reinier van Noort, Ivan Čurić
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 9th July 2015
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-8-1
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 151
- Height: 17.78 cm
- Width: 22.86 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 02 Feb 2016 11:43

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First published in 1828, and revised several times until 1869, the History of the Rebellion of 1745-6 by the famous Scottish historian, scientist and author Robert Chambers is a premier scholarly work on the subject of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. With constant reference to copious primary sources, Chambers narrates the setup, conduct and aftermath of the uprising in a compelling and knowledgeable fashion.

Chambers was himself no Jacobite supporter, nor did he approve of the way that the government and its forces handled the situation, so his writing is relatively neutral. He compliments both sides of the conflict where deserved, and metes out criticism to both sides where a behaviour or failure was unnecessary. This makes it a relatively unbiased account of this momentous affair, and the constant reference to primary sources keeps it well-grounded in fact and reality, without becoming a work of fantasy or fiction.

This book belongs in the library of anyone with an interest in British history, the Jacobites, or the struggles and conflicts in 18th century Scotland.

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011.

Book Details:
- Original Author: Robert Chambers
- Reproduction Editor: Keith Farrell
- Illustrators: Keith Farrell, Daria Izdebska
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 11th January 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9926735-9-8
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 303
- Height: 24.59 cm
- Width: 18.91 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 02 Feb 2016 11:44

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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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Postby KeithFarrell » 19 Feb 2016 20:18

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Today, fighting with dagger versus dagger, or with knife versus knife, is not a common scenario that people might expect to face. However, it was more common in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, when it was normal for people to wear a dagger on their belt. Arguments or fights with daggers could break out; and while duels were more often fought with swords, combatants could also agree to do so with daggers.

This is not a book on modern knife fighting; rather, it is a book dealing with the historical knife fighting of Renaissance Italy. The modern blade aficionado will also find material of interest. The book offers several views of short bladed weapons that were developed and tested when cold steel was the king of weaponcraft and when duels were more common than today.

Carlo Parisi was born in Northern Italy in 1974. He has always been interested in weapons and martial arts, and the two met in Historical Fencing, which he began practising in roughly 1998. A few years later, he started doing his own research, and became a member of HEMAC in 2003. Since then, he's been teaching classes at various events in Europe, and set up his own club in 2011. His main interests are sabres and daggers, but he studies a variety of weapons and methods. This is his first book on fencing.

Book Details:
- Author: Carlo Parisi
- Editor: Keith Farrell
- Illustrators: Carlo Parisi, Andrea Tomassini, Daria Izdebska, Keith Farrell
- Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 1st February 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9934216-2-4
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 107
- Height: 20.99 cm
- Width: 14.81 cm
- Language: English

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Postby KeithFarrell » 20 Jun 2016 15:02

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Serjeant Donald Macleod was quite the character, with great longevity, incredible fighting skills, and a knack for meeting important people and becoming friendly with them. He served in many regiments of the British Army, fighting in several theatres of war across Europe and North America, and engaging in many duels along the way. The Memoirs were published in his 103rd year, to raise income to help support him in his old age.

The Memoirs cover not only Macleod's engagement in war, but his early life in Skye, his apprenticeship to stonemasons in Inverness, and his escape to Perth before he joined the army at the age of 12. The tales of his time in the army, and his several attempts at retirement, are entertaining while showing many of the important British and global issues of the 18th century.

This book contains a full transcription of the original Memoirs, and also a companion essay by Keith Farrell, examining the historical accuracy of the Memoirs, and debating the question of whether the Memoirs are a work of fiction or if they were indeed the memories of an old and well-accomplished Highland soldier.

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011.

Book Details:
- Original Author: William Thomson
- Reproduction Editor: Keith Farrell
- Reproduction Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
- Date of Publication: 17th May 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9934216-1-7
- Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
- Pages: 123
- Height: 21 cm
- Width: 14.8 cm
- Language: English

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