Angelo’s School of Arms in Carlisle House, Soho, London. the aristocracy the fashionable art of Swordsmanship which they. ANGELO’S SCHOOL OF FENCING, FIRST EDITION WITH ENGLISH TEXT AND SECOND OVERALL, ANGELO, [Domenico]. School of. The School of Fencing by Domenico Angelo, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Showing of 6 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a fine reprint of this classic work. Unfortunately often out of print. Part of the essential library of every historical fencer. InDomenico Angelo penned the definative text on the combative use of the smallsword.
The work is specialized, it is only about the use of a thrusting point only sword with a blade of 30 to 35 inches 75 to 88cm in length. The work is dated, inhabitants of the soi-disant civilized world allowed domenifo to be disarmed about years ago, and this style of sword was the last type to be routinely worn by civilians.
Given this, the book is only of interest to fencibg, classical fencers, sport fencers looking for their roots, and other martial artists interested in expanding their repetoire. But it is of great interest to these groups.
Jared Kirby and Ms. Jeannette Acosta-Martinez outdid themselves. They offered commentary and additional information that compliments Angelo, while restraining the editorial urge and leaving the original work complete and untampered with. Angelo wrote a thorough text on all aspects of the use of this arm, at the height of the development of the technique of combat with the small sword.
Every thing that is required is covered, while there is no material that was not of use in the time it was written. Of special contemporary interest, particularly to martial artists, is the section on disarming.
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The illustrations make the leverage and other aspects of the sword disarms very clear. The smallsword is a superior arm, but not an egalitarian one. In close combat, it is without peer, but it take hundreds of hours of diligent practice to gain even a basic competence. Angelo will aid anyone pursuing mastery of the arm.
A great work, reprinted by brilliant fencers with a keen appreciation for the timeless. An absolute must have for the classical fencer or foilist. And for the modern naysayers who denigrate the utility of this work, note well; Aldo Nadi points that if you can fence, you can fence with anything, even a broomstick Ten years ago the number of books on historical fencing systems could be counted on one hand.
Now we have an embarrassment of riches. However, in the revival of interest in older styles of fencing, the 18th and 19th centuries have tended to be overlooked.
In particular, the civilian weapon of the 18th century, the smallsword has been overlooked by people who desire something more recogniseably unlike modern fencing. Domenico Angelo’s School of Fencing, a treatise on French smallsword play, was first published in and remained popular for over fifty years. In this reprint, Editor Jared Kirby has wisely let Angelo do the majority of the tye, choosing only to add a schoop and domwnico introduction, two appendices parts of the sword and a clarification of technical details omitted by Angelo but not by contemporary authorsand finally a series of informative notes by Jeannette Acosta Martinez, one of the foremost researchers into the techniques of the smallsword.
The bulk of the book is a faithful reprint of Angelo’s treatise, with clear plates and text. For anyone tue in the smallsword in particular or the domencio of fencing in general, this well presented book is a must have. The portrayal of art of the smallsword has as of yet to be surpassed. Not Evangelist, not Doenico, not Faulkner. Despite their mastery of the weapon, none of these men have come close to explaining the art of fencing in such great detail as Angelo. If you have ever had an interest in fencing, be it active or passive, you owe it to yourself to dig up a copy of this out-of-print masterpiece This reprint of the Land’s End Press doemnico is a good, clean copy of the work.
Now we have a chance to purchase, relatively inexpensively, rhe volume again. Angelo’s work is an excellent source for the study of fencing, and thd is important that it has been made available to the community once again. This importance notwithstanding, the annotation by Ffncing Jeannette-Acosta Martinez elucidates the work in a manner that makes it indispensible to the serious fencer.
The Lands End Press copy sits on my shelf. This is the copy I now study! Angelo’s smallsword text is one of the foundational texts of Western fencing.
Jared Kirby provides a clear edition, with insightful commentary by Jeannette Acosta-Martinez. See all 6 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.
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