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Swordplay Sources (Cont'd) (26)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 92. Tuesday, 6 Nov 1990.
 
Date:   Tue, 6 Nov 90 08:24:38 EST
From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
Subject: 1.0091  Elizabethan Fencing Practice
Comment:      Re: SHK 1.0091  Elizabethan Fencing Practice
 
Tom Horton's reference to the swordplay: the article is in Shakespeare
Quarterly 41 (1990): 281-298, "The Exchange of Weapons in Hamlet."
There are many good leads in the footnotes themselves.  The contemporary
manuals there referred to are: Giacomo Di Grassi his true Arte of
Defence (London, 1594); Vincentio Saviolo his Practice (London, 1595);
George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence (London, 1599).  These three texts
are available in the various microfilm reels made of the Early English
Books 1475-1640 (Short Title Catalogue base), published by University
Microfilms; use the cross-index volume after identifying the title
in the STC.  The old volume was Egerton Castle's Schools and Masters
of Fence (1893).  The final source mentioned by James Jackson in SQ is
Robert E. Morsberger, Swordplay and the Elizabethan and Jacobean Stage,
Jacobean Drama Studies 37 (Salzburg, Austria: Universitat Salburg, 1974)
Good luck.
 

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