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Elizabethan Fencing Practice (75)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 91. Monday, 5 Nov 1990.
 
 
(1)   Date:   Mon, 5 Nov 90 19:19:36 EST                     (19 lines)
      From:   Tom Horton <
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      Subject: Fencing in Shakespeare
 
(2)   Date:         Mon, 05 Nov 90 20:07:47 EST              (38 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      Elizabethan Fencing Handbooks
 
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Date:   Mon, 5 Nov 90 19:19:36 EST
From:   Tom Horton <
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Subject: Fencing in Shakespeare
 
A student of mine has become interested in the topic of fencing in works by
Shakespeare.  I believe an article in a recent Shakespeare Quarterly sparked
this off, but he has asked me to post a request for any help in information on
how he might find more on this.
 
Even the most basic help will be appreciated.  He's just an undergraduate, and
I'm just a computer scientist, you see.
 
Tom Horton
Department of Computer Science
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL 33431  USA
Phone:  407/367-2674   FAX: 407/367-2800
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Date:         Mon, 05 Nov 90 20:07:47 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      Elizabethan Fencing Handbooks
 
 
    Tom Horton's student is referring to James L. Jackson's
article in *Shakespeare Quarterly* 41:3 (Fall 1990), pp. 281-98:
"'They Catch One Another's Rapiers': The Exchange of Weapons in
*Hamlet*."  Jackson's footnotes offer far more references to
fencing sources than any annotated bibliographies at my disposal.
 
    The most important and promising of these texts are the
following (in chronological order):
 
    *Giacomo Di Grassi his true Arte of Defence* (London, 1594)
 
    *Vincentio Saviolo his Practice* (London, 1595)
 
    George Silver, *Paradoxes of Defence* (London, 1599)
 
    Egerton Castle, *Schools and Masters of Fence* (London: G.
           Bell & Sons, 1910).
 
    Robert E. Morsberger, *Swordplay and the Elizabethan and
           Jacobean Stage*, Jacobean Drama Studies 37 (Salzburg,
           Austria: Universitat Salzburg, 1974).
 
Doubtless the Morsberger book will offer a more comprehensive
bibliography.  Hope this is of some help; I renew Tom's invitation
to other SHAKSPEReans to contribute additional information.
 
                                  Yours,
 
                                  Ken Steele
                                  University of Toronto
 
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