But those young gentlemen had to learn somewhere. While we’ve discussed the famous Angelo’s fencing academy some time ago, there were also instruction manuals at the time that laid out the main positions of the sword. Below are some I believe come from a cavalry officer’s training manual, for how to behave when afoot.
Be on your guard. (Such handsome fellows, guards.)
And for pity’s sake, watch your leg! (Oh, gladly, sir!)
That last picture is supposedly a caricature by Thomas Rowlandson, who was a master of the art. But I must admit, it makes perfect sense to me!
But then again, boffer swords are my choice of weapon.
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