Swordsmen of the
Empire, by D. A. Kinsley - the new edition!
This is the most
significant and complete reference work ever created on
hand-to-hand combat, as described and discussed in English
language sources from the 17th to the early-20th century. If you
want to understand historical close combat, these sources are
Included is an
introductory essay covering the weapons and martial arts of the
sources by historical fencing instructor Matt Easton.
the 3rd revised and enlarged edition (2013) of the British Sword
Fighters series: a unique and comprehensive collection of combat
narratives of, and commentaries on, the sword fighting and
fighters, swords, and swordsmanship of British conflicts from
the 17th century to the 20th. With numerous illustrations.
(Slightly smaller print has enabled the inclusion of much new
material without increasing the number of pages that were in the
work includes at a massive selection of original accounts which
give the reader a broad insight into what hand-to-hand combat in
the age of Empire was actually like. Many of the themes covered,
such as the cut and thrust debate, carry across historical
periods and weapons. Numerous kinds of combat at covered,
covering all the principle hand weapons of the period, including
sabres, lances, bayonets, broadswords, smallswords and spears.
These sources also give a great insight into other national
martial traditions and weapons, including Sudanese 'dervishes',
Indian swordsmen, Gurkha warriors and Zulu soldiers.